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If a patients suffers a complete transection at T12 of the spine what would be the resulting effect on their arms and legs?

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The thoracic region is the central segment of the vertebral column (see attached pdf document 275). It extends downwards from the lower neck (cervical) region to the upper lumbar area of the lower back. The thoracic vertebrae are numbered from T1 to T12, starting at the uppermost vertebra. The ribs attach to the thoracic vertebrae 1-10, with 11 and 12 unattached to any ribs.

Spinal Cord

(From http://health.enotes.com/neurological-disorders-encyclopedia/spinal-cord-injury)
"The spinal nerve cord descends from the brain down the back through hollow channels of the backbone. The neurons (nerve cells) of the spinal cord carry sensory data from the periphery (areas outside the spinal cord) to the brain, and they carry motor ...

Solution Summary

The resulting effects on the arms and legs from a spinal cord injury is determined. The complete transections at T12 of the spine are discussed.