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What Are Some Of The Symptoms Of Hydromyelia And Syringomyelia
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.See 1 more doctor answer
I fell in Nov. Now have hydromyelia/syringomyelia w syrinx. T7-T12 4mm mas at T9 This wasn't seen in last MRI 2015 back pain & uro sx. From fall?
Need more info: This is a question that will be better answered with further clarification of spine imaging details - where exactly is this mass at T9 - inside the spinal cord, inside the vertebral column, on top of the spinal cord, is it enhancing with contrast etc etc. Some masses are clinically benign like hemangiomas inside the vertebra, some are less benign causing symptoms like spine tumors, hematomas, AVMs
Spinal cord problems: Syringomyelia is a cavity of fluid within the spinal cord. It is not always symptomatic. It is most commonly present without an obvious cause but may be related to trauma, infection, hindbrain abnormalities, and tumors. It presents with weakness or numbness of the arms or legs, gait difficulties, pain in the extremities, scoliosis, ataxia, or atrophy. Signs include in addition, reflex changes.
Will you die from syringomyelia? Is it possible that even though I'm experiences symptoms due to syringomyelia but drs won't do surgery due to risks?
No it will not: Syringomyelia usually arises from a congenital abnormality or can be brought on by trauma. It's an abnormal expansion of the canal in the center of your spinal cord and will not kill you. It's most commonly treated symptomatically and surgery is usually not required unless secondary complications occur. Well wishes.See 1 more doctor answer
Multiple: Most people have no symptoms. Those who do have symptoms experience pain, burning, numbness. Some people can even experience weakness.
Surgical treatment: Syringomyelia is a disorder where spinal fluid is trapped within the spinal cord, this is a serious condition and more common problems such as a chiari malformation, or a history of trauma need to be ruled out. Surgery might be needed depending on the severity of symptoms. I know of no alternative treatments that have work.
Bit of a weird one. Been diagnosed with Idiopathic Syringomyelia C5-C7 after MRI scans. But all symptoms point to hemiplegic migranes. Ever seen this?
Yes: These are separate, likely totally unrelated issues, but there is no reason they can't be seen in the same patient. I had a 15 yo kid that did something very similar.
Idiopathic: Unfortunately, idiopathic means "unknown cause". While the cause may not have been adequately worked up yet (in which case it may be premature to call it idiopathic), if you have had an extensive workup and very smart people have looked at the studies, then the cause will likely remain a mystery for now.See 2 more doctor answers
No answer possible: What sort of exercises you can do, whether they will help or make things worse, will be determined by where the cyst is, how badly it impinges on the cord, how large it is, etc. You need to discuss this with your neurosurgeon. You can not get a good answer from someone who is not familiar with you and your specific condition.See 1 more doctor answer
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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
It can be: Hydromyelia and/or syringomyelia can develop for many reasons, including trauma, tumors, developmental abnormalities and sometimes with no clear cause. Chiari malformations are commonly associated with these conditions, but not exclusively.
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.
Yes: If the syrinx is causing significant symptoms, it can be drained with a shunt to either just outside the spinal cord or to another part of the body. Please note that if the syrinx is being caused by something such as a tumor or chiari malformation, that condition should be treated first. Often the syrinx will go away without direct treatment if the condition causing it is successfully treated.See 1 more doctor answer
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