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how do you diagnose and treat cervical spondylotic myelopathy?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Spinal cord pinching: Myelopathy means abnormality of spinal cord, and cervical spondylosis implies progressive deterioration of the neck vertebrae. Therefore, body changes eventually compress the cord in the neck. Mri films can demonstrate the compression. Treatment may require surgical decompression.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
By: Diagnosis is by a history and exam with imaging studies like a mri, ct or ct/myelogram confirming the diagnosis. As this is almost always progressive but can vary in rate of progression surgery is indicated unless significant medical issues or extreme age. Treatment ranges from laminectomy, laminoplasty , laminectomy/fusion to anterior disectomies &/or corpectomies with fusion or combinations.

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A 38-year-old female asked:

What is myelopathy (cervical) definition & all info about it plz?

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Dr. Atif Haque
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Myelopathy: Myelopathy refers to abnormal irritation or injury to the spinal cord, whereas radiculopathy refers to irritation to a nerve root extending from the cord. It can manifest differently depending on the level. Symptoms can include weakness, balance problems, sensory loss, difficulty with fine motor skills, or bowel/bladder problems. Examination will show brisk and sometimes abnormal reflexes.

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