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Doctor insights on: Syrinx Cyst On Spinal Cord

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What causes a syrinx within the spinal cord?

What causes a syrinx within the spinal cord?

Syringomyelia: A syrinx can occur from a post-traumtic spinal cord injury. Consult a neurosurgeon who specializes in this to best determine the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

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


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Can I have spinal pain injections to relieve the pain from the syrinx inside my spinal cord?

Can I have spinal pain injections to relieve the pain from the syrinx inside my spinal cord?

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

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Could a spinal cord syrinx start to cause neuropathic problems despite not changing in size?

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

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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 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?

Thats less than : 1/4 of an inch... But... Still a syrinx needs imaging followup and clinical followup. Does your child have a arnold chiari malformation - which commonly can have a benign associated syrinx. ...Read more

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My syrinx is almost wall to wall in my spinal cord. If they drain the syrinx will the spinal cord rejuvenate itself?

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

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I have a syrinx in my spinal cord that causes a lot of back pain. Is it safe to have nerve block injections?

I have a syrinx in my spinal cord that causes a lot of back pain. Is it safe to have nerve block injections?

?location of syrinx: Depends upon location and extent of syrinx. ?Possibility of test injection with local anesthetic e.g. Marcaine. Discuss with neurosugeon. ...Read more

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If cyst exist in the spinal cord for a baby what is its effect on the baby?

If cyst exist in the spinal cord for a baby what is its effect on the baby?

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

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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?

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

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Can tamoxifen help reduce an intramedullary (inside spinal cord) cyst?

Can tamoxifen help reduce an intramedullary (inside spinal cord) cyst?

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