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Syrinx Cyst On Spinal Cord
A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...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
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?
My syrinx is almost wall to wall in my spinal cord. If they drain the syrinx will the spinal cord rejuvenate itself?
HARD TO PREDICT: If your syrinx is creating a compressive effect within spinal cord, risk of future deterioration is very real indeed, and would try to get this under control before more neurological disability ensues. Although you may not necessarily reverse all the pre-existing issues, the likelihood of prevention and cessation of the damage is very good if surgery is performed. Please discuss fully with doc. ...Read more
I have a syrinx in my spinal cord that causes a lot of back pain. Is it safe to have nerve block injections?
This depends whether: The cyst is large enough to compress the spinal cord or not. If it is small and no compression or edema is noted, then will most likely be okay. If it is big enough and causes any compression, then it may need to be removed. If it is causing compression, will usually see some neuro signs like pain, sensory changes or weakness at and below levels, even paralysis if large without surgical intervent. ...Read more
Had a cyst on my spinal cord 4yrs ago. diangosis with acm 1 last year however my dr says they are not related. Could I have type 2 instead?
Unlikely Chiari II: Chiari ii malformations tend to be obvious at birth, involving neural tube defects and/or hydrocephalus, so chances are that's not what you have. Cystic dilations of the spinal cord (syringes) are associated with chiari malformations. Your syrinx most likely is related to your chiari i malformation and probably warrants treatment. See a neurosurgeon. ...Read more
No: What you are describing is a syrinx. There is no scientific data to conclusively state that tamoxifen can reduce a syrinx. The one exception may be that if the syrinx is caused by a tumor in the spinal cord that is ultimately responsive to the tamoxifen, then possibly as the tumor shrinks, the cyst may decrease in size. But other than that, no benefit. ...Read more
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