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How Serious Is Syrinx
My son is 5 and has severe pain and stiffness in legs at night since birth, he has a syrinx on his lumbar and thoracic spine? Can that be the problem
Depends on the cause: Your neurosurgeon can decide, based on your neurological history and exam, and MRI scan, whether the syrinx is clinically relevant, needs follow up or surgical treatment. The surgeon can also explain what may have caused the syrinx, and predict the likelihood of progression. ...Read more
Syringomyelia: I assume you are asking about syringomyelia which a situtation where spinal fluid has collected inside the spinal cord causing it to dilate. Neurosurgeons commonly deal with this disorder so you might want to get a consultation with one. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with a syrinx a few years ago. My symptoms are progressing. What should I do? It scares me.
Syrinx: You would need to see a spine surgeon or neurosurgeon ...Read more
What does the term prominent central canal versus syrinx mean? Do they suspect the first and not the latter or is it unclear?
MRI, right?: Presumably you didn't just wander into an MRI facility & make an impulse purchase. A doctor ordered the MRI for a reason. What reason? The MRI isn't the patient, you are. The MD who ordered the MRI is ethically obligated to interpret its CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE re YOU; or if (s)he can't, to find someone who can. Ask to go over the actual images with your Dr. If you have questions, ask them. ...Read more
1) Do prominent central canals look reminiscent of a syrinx / vice versa? Is it hard to differentiate? 2) Do prominent central canals grow in size?
If my cervical syrinx is worsening and requires surgery how dangerous is it? Survival and functional?
Syrinx: It depends on the size of the syrinx and associated signs and symptoms. A neurosugeon will be the best person to answer your specific questions. ...Read more
Is a prominent central canal from t-4 to t-12 the same as hydromyelia? Have a syrinx at c-6 to t-1 level.
Any doctors is st petersburg/ clearwater florida area with extensive knowledgefof eds3 pots syrinx and everything that comes with them?
Yes: There are lots of neurosurgeons in florida, syrinx specialists can be found in miami. ...Read more
Weak tendon sheath:
Degenerative tears in the achilles are caused by a weak sheath that covers the tendon itself. Since the sheath protects the tendon and gives it it's nourishment, if it is congenitally weaker it will create tears. This is also made worse by Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or levoquin antibiotics and some statin drugs.
A syrinx is a cavity in the spinal cord (short for syringomyelia), not in the achilles. ...Read more
Syringomyelia: Treating the cause of the syrinx and/or draining the syrinx is the first course of treatment. Injections may be used later as an adjunct to treatment of the syringomyelia. See your neurosurgeon to discuss the treatment options and the best approach for you. ...Read more
Syrinx: Unusual but yes it can happen. It really depends on the size of the syrinx, the smaller and shorter ones this would be quite unusual - in the larger and longer ones this would be more typical but still unusual. ...Read more
I have a 6mm syrinx in line noted at C7 level on MRI. What does that mean? Should I be concerned?
Symptoms?: Syrinx results when cerebrospinal fluid, that normally flows around the spinal cord and brain, collects in central cavity of spinal cord, forms pseudocyst. Most common in cervical area. Pressure on cord - weakness, numbness, stiffness, pain, scoliosi. These symptoms usually come on quite gradually. Relieving pressure may require drainage by neurosurgeon. Large number without any cause. Some congenital. ...Read more
My two and a half year old has a 4.3mm syrinx in her spinal cord and her nero surgon says she is not overly concerned is this normal?
I have had a few symptoms that make me worry my syrinx is worsening I have an MRI scheduled for wed night is it okay to wait that long?
Yes: If symptoms worsen before then, go to the er. Follow closely with your current doctors.. ...Read more
Can a thoracic Syrinx be caused by an auto accident or would it be a pre-existing condition. IE accident occurred on 9/25 and then on 10/07.
Syrinx: If I am understanding your question correctly, it sounds as if you had the car accident on 9/25 and then developed symptoms on 10/7. This appears to be a rapid progression and seems unlikely that the accident caused the syrinx but it is a possibility. Another possibility would be that the syrinx was present prior to the accident and became symptomatic after the trauma. ...Read more
My dr said my thoracic syrinx is congenital and idiopathic I have never had symptoms. Is it likely to grow? It worries me. It ws found by accident.
It may get larger: Yes, the syrinx can get larger with time. If you follow up with doctor and keep them abreast of any changes in how you feel then, they will be able to determine whether or not it is growing and do the appropriate studies to check it out. Otherwise, don't worry, you were born with it....Just be aware of it....Don't be obsessed with it. ...Read more