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Ischemia of spinal cord causing spinal cord infarction. Related to brain or spine?

I have a certain ambiguity regarding these terms which I would like to be cleared. My relative had an ischemia of spinal cord resulting in a spinal cord infarction . I would like to know if this comes under the ambit of CVA (Cerebrovascular accident) or is that term used only for Brain and not spinal cord.
Asked On : Thu, 3 May 2012
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Dear Mr Raghavendra

Ischemia of spinal cord: It means that less blood being supplied to the spinal cord. Infarction or death of tissue is a result if ischemia is severe. In true sense cerebrovascular accident means effect on the brain. Spinal cord infarction is a separate entity and comes under category of Occlusive vascular lesions and spinal cord infarction is also known as spinal stroke. However, mechanism both at brain and spinal cord are same i.e. less blood supply

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Answered: Wed, 9 May 2012
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