Spleen Cells Tied to Damage of Spinal Cord Injury in Animal Study
If confirmed, findings may change focus of some treatments, researchers say

THURSDAY, Nov. 18 (HealthDay News) -- The spleen may be a major source of cells that cause inflammation and exacerbate the damage at the site of a spinal cord injury, a new animal study suggests.

The findings could change the focus of efforts to find new treatments for spinal cord injuries, researchers said.

While most spinal cord injury research has focused on bone marrow as the source of these inflammation-causing cells called macrophages, some studies have suggested that another source may be the spleen, which helps the body fight infections.

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