A member asked:

Intramedullary signal in c5 level s/o focal myelomalacia.what does it mean?is surgery is the only option.

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Dr. Kenneth Reichert answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

Myelomalacia is the end damage findings on mri. No surgical treatment for this type of damage is available. If the cause of the damage is a herniated disc or bone spur (osteophyte) still compressing the spinal canal or spinal cord itself, surgery can be performed to prevent further damage. Please discuss the difference with your surgeon.

Answered Apr 17, 2018



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