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Doctor insights on: Treatment Of Syrinx Of The 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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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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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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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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What are treatments of an ependymoma of the spinal cord?

What are treatments of an ependymoma of the spinal cord?

Depends on exact: Location. Some could be intramedullary others extramedullary. Depends on how much mass effect it's exerting, and symptoms. See your neurosurgoen to better review your mris, rule out other issues with the rest of your neural axis. By checking MRI of your brain, cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine with and without contrast, and then deciding on treatment, surgery may be needed... ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments in the past couple of years for spinal cord injuries?

Are there any new treatments in the past couple of years for spinal cord injuries?

Not really: Unfortunately there are no truly new or novel treatment options available at this time. The hallmarks of current treamtent are focused on preventing further damage in the initial period after injury. There continues to be research in the area of stem cell transplant but to date it is only experimental. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments for spinal cord injuries? Classmate broke his neck in bad fall

Are there any new treatments for spinal cord injuries? Classmate broke his neck in bad fall

No cures: I am so sorry for your friend. Current treatments for sci focus on preserving neurological function at the time of injury. To date there are no cures to return lost nerve function. If an injury is complete (no feeling and complete paralysis), there is the possibility of getting some feeling back, but paralysis can improve only if there is some preserved movement below the injury level. ...Read more