Blood Pressure During Surgery May Be Crucial After Spinal Cord Injury – Health Day

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Tight blood pressure control — not too high and not too low — during surgery for spinal cord injuries may improve patients’ outcomes, a new study suggests.

“Damage to neurons in spinal cord injuries leads to dysregulation of blood pressure, which in turn limits the supply of blood and oxygen to stressed spinal cord tissue, exacerbating spinal neuron death,” said co-lead author Abel Torres-Espin, an assistant professor of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

“Thus, precise blood pressure management is a key target for spinal cord injury care,” Torres-Espin said in a UCSF news release.

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