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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is syringomyelia?

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Dr. Bradley Younggren
Emergency Medicine 22 years experience
Fluid Buldup: Syringomyelia is damage to the spinal cord due to buildup of fluid as a result of spinal cord trauma, spinal cord tumors, or birth defects.
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 54 years experience
Cavity: A syrinx is a tube. Syringomyelia means a tubelike defect in the spinal cord, usually in the center, filled with fluid. Any segment of spinal cord can be affected. Discontinuous segments can be affected. Most common causes include developmental defects, trauma, chiari malformation, tumor, vascular malformations. Symptoms may range from none to severe sensory and balance issues.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for syringomyelia?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Syringomyelia: Symptoms include hand and leg weakness, sensation loss in the arms and hands and the diagnostic test of choice is an MRI of the cervical and thoracic spine.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of syringomyelia?

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Dr. Randolph Evans
Neurology 43 years experience
Chiari I: Chiari i malformation most common less often, klippel-feil, postinfectious, postinflammatory, spinal neoplasms, posttraumatic.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Syringomyelia-what is it and how to treat?

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Dr. Chaim Colen
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Canal: Syringomyelia is a hollow canal in the spinal cord. Sometimes it can be associated with other conditions such as chiari malformation or spinal cord trauma. Would follow up with a neurologist or neurosurgeon if causing symptoms.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have surgery for syringomyelia?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Response: Hope it turns out well. If you are unsure, get a second neurosurgical opinion. There are some surgeons who have loads of experience in this area, so, you might prefer a respected, skillful practitioner, who has performed many such procedures.

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