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What Are The Causes Of 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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