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Neurological Sciences

, Volume 39, Issue 12, pp 2207–2208 | Cite as

Restoration of fertility in a young patient with spinal cord injury: is there a place for noninvasive neurostimulation?

  • Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
  • Alfredo Manuli
  • Simona Portaro
  • Antonino Naro
Letter to the Editor
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Dear Editor,

Spinal cord injury (SCI) consists in temporary or permanently loss of motor, sensory, or autonomic functions after either traumatic or nontraumatic spinal cord damage. The localization and the type of damage of the spinal cord and its roots determine the different clinical pictures and the functional and rehabilitation outcomes [1]. Growing evidence is showing that neuromodulation can reduce the motor impairment and promote spinal fiber functional restoration. Specifically, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) approaches have been implemented with promising results in improving motor function [2]. Sexual and reproductive dysfunctions are frequent concerns after SCI, and, in the majority of patients, electroejaculation is the mainstay to obtain semen that can be used for assisted reproductive technologies, besides penile vibratory stimulation [3].

An otherwise healthy 35-year-old man, affected for around 5 years by incomplete post-traumatic SCI following a...

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IRCCS Centro Neurolesi “Bonino Pulejo”MessinaItaly

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