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What are the causes of syringomyelia?

What are the causes of syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia: Syringomyelia is damage to the spinal cord due to a fluid-filled hole that forms in the cord. Symptoms: there may be no symptoms, or symptoms may include: headache; loss of muscle mass (wasting, atrophy. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Falci
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Syringomyelia (Definition)

Syringomyelia is the development of a fluid-filled cavity or syrinx within the spinal cord, which may be related to blockage of the Cerebrospinal Fluid ...Read more


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What is the cause of "idiopathic syringomyelia"?

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. ...Read more

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Pts w/ syringomyelia, majority of drs say sm causes no pain, if a something foreign is centered in the cord, logically, how no pain? 1 of 2 questions.

Pts w/ syringomyelia, majority of drs say sm causes no pain, if a something foreign is centered in the cord, logically, how no pain? 1 of 2 questions.

Syrinx or cord canal: It depends. If it is a enlarged central canal and the fluid does not break into the cord tissue, then there may be no pain. If the central pain pathways are very stretched by a large dilated central canal, or, if the fluid has broken through the central canal wall and collected in the cord tissue, pain can range from mild to severe. Image shows a dilated central canal and not a true syrinx. ...Read more

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Could a cervical epidural injection have caused my syringomyelia?

Very rare: Syringomyelia from an epidural injection has been reported but typically you would have signs of spinal cord injury directly after the injection (eg., numbness, weakness, or bowel/bladder problems). In my experience I have never seen such a case but it has been reported in the medical literature on a very rare basis. ...Read more

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What is syringomyelia?

Cavity: A syrinx is a tube. Syringomyelia means a tubelike defect in the spinal cord, usually in the center, filled with fluid. Any segment of spinal cord can be affected. Discontinuous segments can be affected. Most common causes include developmental defects, trauma, chiari malformation, tumor, vascular malformations. Symptoms may range from none to severe sensory and balance issues. ...Read more

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Can chinese herbs cure syringomyelia?

No data: To my knowledge, there is no studied herbs that help for syringomyelia. In fact, there are no medications in general that help for syringomyelia. ...Read more

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Should I be tested for syringomyelia?

Why?: You have not provided a single shred of medical information. How can you expect an answer to your question?. ...Read more

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What are the tests for syringomyelia?

What are the tests for syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia: Symptoms include hand and leg weakness, sensation loss in the arms and hands and the diagnostic test of choice is an MRI of the cervical and thoracic spine. ...Read more

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Are there drugs to treat syringomyelia?

Not really: The standard of care for managing syringomyelia is to decrease pressure effects that could cause the syrinx (spinal cord cyst) to expand. Avoid valsalva (bearing down, holding your breath) and control high blood pressure-- you may take stool softeners or medications for high blood pressure, but ultimately the syrinx may require decompression with a shunt procedure. ...Read more

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