Therefore, continued investigation of the exact spinal tracts
and systems involved and nature of the circuit rewiring is of the utmost importance to understand the full complexity of the mechanisms of recovery.
IMAGING FINDINGS: Axial T2 FLAIR image reveals a symmetric hyperintensity involving the central pontine region, sparing the tegmentum and cortico spinal tracts
resulting in a characteristic Mexican hat or bat wing configuration of hyperintensity.
At the spinal cord, the pain stimulus enters the cord and travels along specified "sensory spinal tracts
" to the brain.
These spinal tracts
transmit information between the brain and body.
Collectively, these animal studies indicate some spinal tracts
undergo a fair amount of spontaneous sprouting, providing new neuronal pathways that could be targeted for increasing growth, regeneration, and functional recovery of movements and sensations.