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Spinal cord fluid: Hydromelia means an abnormal collection of fluid within the spinal cord & connected to 4th ventricle within the brain and usually associated with hydrocephalus (xs fluid within the brain). Syringomyelia is also a collection of fluid, like an elongated cyst, in the center of the spinal cord itself, but does not communicate with any other fluid filled spaces, & can also lead to loss of nerve functio. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No rheumatologist: Hydromyelia (HM) condition characterized by widening of central canal of the spinal cord. Fluid can accumulate in this space, creating increased pressure on spinal cord. Surgery may temporarily or permanently relieve symptoms, but not without complications. In some cases may resolve on its own. Best treated by neurologist and/or neurosurgeion. ...Read more
Fix the cause: Usually the surgery is meant to address the cause of the syringomyelia which is an expression or the result of another abnormality. That could be a structural problem with the brain or spinal cord, a compression or a tumor. In general the idea is to then wait and see if the syrinx goes away, only in select cases surgery for the syrinx itself is recommended ...Read more
Syringomyelia: This is an abnormal dilation of the usually very small column of spinal fluid that runs through the center of the spinal cord. It can also extend into the brainstem (syringobulbia). Most commonly, it is caused by trauma. However, tumors and developmental problems (chiari, tethered cord) need to be ruled out. Unless there is a structural cause, they usually do not require treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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