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Biology
CONTENTS

GENETIC DISORDERS
1 Intro
2 Single gene disorders
3 Additional chromosomes
   
4 Activity
 
5 Resources
   
SPINAL CORD INJURY
1 Intro
2 Spinal cord and vertebrae
3

Effects of SCI

   
4 Activity
   
5 Resources

T3-T8 T9-T12 L1-L5 S1-S5 Above C3 C3-T1
HIGH CERVICAL REGION - ABOVE C3:

Injury to this area almost always results in quadriplegia and affects all functioning below the head and neck level.

Very high injuries can result in a loss of many involuntary functions including the ability to breathe. The person may need breathing aids such as mechanical ventilators or diaphragmatic pacemakers.

Chris Reeve and wife, Dana
Christopher Reeve and his wife, Dana at an awards ceremony.

Many men and women with quadriplegia use electric-powered heelchairs to be mobile (for example, Christopher Reeve, actor, controls his wheelchair using his mouth).

Famous people with spinal cord injuries

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