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Doctor insights on: Thoracic Spinal Cord Syrinx

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How fast will a thoracic spinal cord tumor grow?

How fast will a thoracic spinal cord tumor grow?

Usually slow, but...: Ependymomas, astrocytomas, and peripheral nerve sheath tumors all tend to grow relatively slowly, but the impact of a tumor here is great and if detected, generally surgery should be considered at once. I have one case of an ependymoma that produced symptoms for over ten years before it finallyi wish you good luck. ...Read more

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Thoracic spinal cord tumor growing, will it require removal?

Thoracic spinal cord tumor growing, will it require removal?

May be: Is the tumor in the spinal cord or in the tissue around the spinal cord? Depending on the location and type of tumor surgery may be needed. See this site for info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001403.htm. ...Read more

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MRI meaning? Stable severe myelomalacia in the thoracic spinal cord @ T4/T6 & mild diffuse volume loss above & below this level.

MRI meaning?
Stable severe myelomalacia in the thoracic spinal cord @ T4/T6 & mild diffuse volume loss above & below this level.

Meaning of scan: Myelomalacia is injury to the spinal cord. It can be caused by Trauma, infection, inflammation, pressure from a disc or bone fragment. Atrophy is shrinkage of the spinal cord as an after effect of old injury ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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I have a spinal syrinx from t2-t8. Could this be causing chest pain, numbness in fingers and hands and numb feeling skin on my back?

I have a spinal syrinx from t2-t8. Could this be causing chest pain, numbness in fingers and hands and numb feeling skin on my back?

Spinal Syrinx: A spinal syrinx is a rare, fluid-filled neuroglial cavity within the spinal cord (syringomyelia), and if causes pressure on the nerves that innervate the chest, arms and back area, could certainly cause some of those symptoms to occur. See the neurologist for an evaluation and treatment. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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3mm herniated in both T6-T7 and T7-T8 with mild spinal cord compression . Also some of my thoracic disks are degenerated. Is this serious?

3mm herniated in both T6-T7 and T7-T8 with mild spinal cord compression . Also some of my thoracic disks are degenerated. Is this serious?

Risks: If the spinal cord is being threatened or actually compressed, this could eventually result in damage called myelomalacia. The extent of the threat will determine whether surgery is probable. Need to discuss with a neurosurgeon, ASAP. ...Read more

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I would like to know is; what does ''a significant thoracic disc prolapse at t4/t5 with effacement of the spinal cord mean?

I would like to know is; what does ''a significant thoracic disc prolapse at t4/t5 with effacement of the spinal cord mean?

It means that the : Disc at the spine level chest region known as thoracic between the vertebral bones thoracic 4 and 5 has herniated into the spinal canal and is touching or effacing the spinal cord but not compressing it so even though it is significant or large there is still room enough within the spinal canal to accommodate both the spinal cord and disc herniation. ...Read more

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Why is a fracture of the spinal cord at the cervical region worse than one in the thoracic region?

Arms : Because a injury to the cervical spinal cord would risk loss of respiration and cause paralysis of the arms and legs. A thoracic cord injury would only cause paralysis of the legs. Obviously still catastrophic. ...Read more

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T6/7 disc compressing L side spinal cord waiting 2 c neurosurgeon. Tingling L side chest/back what should I expect. Can it be treated. Pain is extreme?

T6/7 disc compressing L side spinal cord waiting 2 c neurosurgeon. Tingling L side chest/back what should I expect. Can it be treated. Pain is extreme?

Pain: Your Neurosurgeon will need to perform a neurological exam and review the imaging (MRI, CT, etc.) then decide if it needs to be treated surgically. There are some minimally invasive approaches as well. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Hi, sir,,i have pain in both writs and pain in one point joint on uper side of chest and now pian include in one opposite joint on spinal cord..when try to lay on bed ,sound appears in my spinal cord joints ...plz help me?

Hi, sir,,i have pain in both writs and pain in one point joint on uper side of chest  and now pian include in one  opposite  joint on spinal cord..when try to lay on bed ,sound appears in my spinal cord joints ...plz help me?

Best be seen by doc: Your symptoms do not really sound like anything in particular to make a good diagnosis. You should consult a doctor locally who will be able to see if all those pains and other things going on can't be tied together into 1 nice neat package and lead to a diagnosis. You could do the same thing here on HealthTap on a 1-1 basis. Just choose a doctor you think best might fit your needs and schedule ...Read more

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What besides MS causes spinal cord lesion? Mri shows t3/4 high signal lesion with well-defined borders. Have l-side numbness chest-foot for weeks.

What besides MS causes spinal cord lesion? Mri shows t3/4 high signal lesion with well-defined borders. Have l-side numbness chest-foot for weeks.

Spinal cord lesions: The differential diagnosis of ms like lesions in the cord include: spinal cord neoplasms (eg, astrocytomas, ependymomas), sarcoidosis, transverse myelitis, infarction of the spinal cord, vasculitis and radiation myelitis and subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord (vitamin B12 deficiency) among other causes. This one finding needs to be correlated with your clinical symptoms and labs. ...Read more

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