Motor control - post surgical removal of brain

Brian zhil at online.no
Tue Jan 15 13:55:48 EST 2002

"mat" <mats_trash at hotmail.com> skrev i melding
news:43525ce3.0201141407.2533e70a at posting.google.com...
> The prospect of fetal cell transplants for what you describe is a long
> way off.  The cells would have to form the correct functional
> connections over what sounds like a huge area.  Unfortunately, there
> is no chance of this with current technology.  The only fetal cell
> transplants that have shown a modicum of success are those for
> parkinson's disease, where the cells are used to replace the
> dopaminergic neurones in the substantia nigra that have degenerated.
> However in this instance it is not the functional connections they
> make that are important but more the fact that they just secrete
> dopamine.
> I must say that the surgery you describe seems remarkable as treatment
> for someone having suffered a stroke.  I've never heard of it.
> Depending on how extensive the resection was the brain does have the
> limited ability to gradually transfer functions once performed by the
> now damaged parts to new areas.  However, given that there has
> actually been surgical removal of part of the brain, I don't know
> about this either.

I was thinking that the cells could gradually replace the traumatized cells.
If this doesn't work with current technology, then I guess that _this_ is the direction
research should be advanced.....
It seems terribly drastic to remove large parts of the brain.


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