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Thoracic Spinal Cord Hemisection Surgery and Open-Field Locomotor Assessment in the Rat
 

Thoracic Spinal Cord Hemisection Surgery and Open-Field Locomotor Assessment in the Rat

Article doi: 10.3791/59738
June 26th, 2019

Summary June 26th, 2019

The rat thoracic spinal hemisection is a valuable and reproducible model of unilateral spinal cord injury to investigate the neural mechanisms of locomotor recovery and treatment efficacy. This article includes a detailed step-by-step guide to perform the hemisection procedure and to assess locomotor performance in an open-field arena.

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