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Causes Of Myelomalacia
Can myelomalacia cause neck stiffness, headaches, pain through neck, arms and back? I've had a crick in my neck with all of these symptoms for 6 days.
Neck: Yes. Myelomalacia can cause all of the above symptoms if in the cervical spine region. At upper levels would be less likely to cause arm symptoms than mid to lower levels. Headache would be more common with upper levels. Seeing physician whether neurosurgeon or neurologist would be recommended for anyone with an MRI showing myelomalacia. ...Read more
MRI: The best imaging approach is via MRI, and a variety of software applications can sort out characteristics of a focal spinal cord lesion. Myelomalacia simply means damage to spinal cord, and is characteristic of trauma, extrinsic compressive lesion, cord infarct due to stroke, and may also be seen in MS, but more severe in neuromyelitis optica. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagmised with myelomalacia and need to find an experienced surgeon in that field. Don't know where to turn?
You need to see : Either an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon to evaluate the cause of the spinal cord changes to see if there is a surgical solution as to the cause but often once this is seen on an imaging study, the changes are usually not reversible. However, further injury may be prevented if there is evidence of cord compression as the source of the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a neurosurgeon: Usually this is caused by an old or active injury to the spinal cord. Most common cause is from a disc herniation/bulge. Subtle signs of spinal cord compression are fine motor skill problems of the hands such as difficulty with buttoning buttons and also mild difficulty with walking. You should go see a neurosurgeon to help decide if there is active compression. ...Read more
Intramedullary signal in C5 level s/o focal myelomalacia.What does it mean?Is surgery is the only option.
Myelomalacia: 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. ...Read more
I've just been diagnosed with syringohydromyelia and myelomalacia. I have a neurologist + NS that seem baffled about my condition. Any advice please?
Definitions of: Myelomalacia or "bad spinal cord" is abnormal tissue structural change of the cord negatively affecting its function brought on by several causes but most times due to degenerative changes when involving multiple levels leading to narrowing of spinal canal compressing the spinal cord and creating these cord changes. Surgery is indicated if there is evidence of cord compression to prevent worsening. ...Read more
Is it possible for "myelomalacia" read on an MRI to be an MS plaque? What is the difference between such a finding being read as myelomalacia vs. tra
Myelomalacia: is not a specific disease but can result from a variety of factors. Literally "softening of the cord", it is focal decreased size or shrinkage of the cord accompanied by signal abnormality. It is caused by damage or insult to the cord such as from trauma, hemorrhage, vascular insufficiency, etc... In a relatively small percentage of MS cases(usually long standing), it can be present ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had surgery on T11 t12 and since 1st surgery had to be stopped due to loss of movement now have myelomalacia what can I do?
See another surgeon: If you had difficulties from your surgery, you should get a second opinion about treatment options. Clearly your legs are weak and myelomalacia (atrophy of the spinal cord) is a difficult problem to treat. You should seek another opinion about your condition by a board certified neurosurgeon in your area. If there's not one close, i'd suggest mark pichelmann, md at mayo clinic, jacksonville, fl. ...Read more
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