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Does the spinal cord have anything like the blood brain

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Does the spinal cord have anything like the blood brain barrier to the brain
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 months ago.

Thank you for your question.

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The spinal cord has a barrier that is called as blood spinal cord barrier that is the functional equivalent of the blood brain barrier.

So the answer to your question is, yes, the spinal cord also has a barrier that is called as a blood spinal cord barrier that is an equivalent of the blood brain barrier.

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Does the barrier work in both protecting what enters the spinal cord and also as a barrier keeping things in the spinal cord? So if something entered it would it be trapped?
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
is the same true for the brain and blood brain barrier?
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 months ago.

Yes it does work in protecting what enters the spinal cord.

The same is true for the brain.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Do you know if it also keeps, what does pass through it, in the spinal cord?
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 months ago.

It is the same as with the blood brain barrier.

The things that can pass through the blood brain barrier also can pass through the blood spinal cord barrier.

There is a long list of things.

Please refer to the following wikipedia link for details:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood%E2%80%93brain_barrier

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 months ago.

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