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What are the meanings of hydromyelia and syringomyelia?

What are the meanings 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. ...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 are some of the symptoms of hydromyelia and syringomyelia?

What are some of the symptoms of hydromyelia and syringomyelia?

Many: Walking changes, unsteady gait, writing changes , difficulty with small object manipulation like buttoning buttons, zipping zippers, tying your shoes. ...Read more

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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?

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 ...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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Could hydromyelia be treated by a reumatologist?

Could hydromyelia be treated by a reumatologist?

No rheumatologist: Hydromyelia (HM) condition characterized by widening of central canal of the spinal cord. Fluid can accumulate in this space, creating increased pressure on spinal cord. Surgery may temporarily or permanently relieve symptoms, but not without complications. In some cases may resolve on its own. Best treated by neurologist and/or neurosurgeion. ...Read more

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What is surgery for syringomyelia like?

What is surgery for syringomyelia like?

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 ...Read more

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Syringomyelia-what is it and how to treat?

Syringomyelia-what is it and how to treat?

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. ...Read more

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Is hydromyelia present without having chiari?

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. ...Read more

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What to do if I have surgery for syringomyelia?

What to do if I have surgery for syringomyelia?

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. ...Read more

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Are there surgical options to fix syringomyelia?

Are there surgical options to fix syringomyelia?

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. ...Read more

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Do you know about a spinal fusion or hydromyelia?

Do you know about a spinal fusion or hydromyelia?

2 different things: Spinal fusion is fusion of two or more vertebrae by bone graft or metallic rods and screws. Fusion stops movement of unstable bones or can reduce curvature in scoliosis and prevent progression. Hydromyelia is abnormal widening of the central canal of the spinal cord that creates a cavity in which cerebrospinal fluid accumulates.As spinal fluid builds up pressure on the spinal cord and nerve cells ...Read more

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Can you tell me about a spinal fusion or hydromyelia?

Can you tell me about a spinal fusion or hydromyelia?

2 different things: Spinal fusion is fusion of two or more vertebrae by bone graft or metallic rods and screws. Fusion stops movement of unstable bones or can reduce curvature in scoliosis and prevent progression. Hydromyelia is abnormal widening of the central canal of the spinal cord that creates a cavity in which cerebrospinal fluid accumulates.As spinal fluid builds up pressure on the spinal cord and nerve cells ...Read more

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Could a change in climate change effect syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia: There is no documented evidence that this is the case but having said that I have had patients note that the milder weather changes, those without significant temperature changes do note they have less problems. ...Read more

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What are the major signs and symptoms of syringomyelia?

What are the major signs and symptoms of syringomyelia?

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. ...Read more

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What can I do besides have surgery to fix syringomyelia?

Is it symptomatic?: If is is symptomatic surgery is the best option. If not, observation is your best bet. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between spinal fusion or hydromyelia?

Is there a relation between spinal fusion or hydromyelia?

2 different things: Spinal fusion is fusion of two or more vertebrae by bone graft or metallic rods and screws. Fusion stops movement of unstable bones or can reduce curvature in scoliosis and prevent progression.Hydromyelia abnormal widening of central canal of the spinal cord that creates cavity in which cerebrospinal fluid accumulates.As spinal fluid builds up pressure on the spinal cord and nerve cells,symptoms ...Read more

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Is a prominent central canal from t-4 to t-12 the same as hydromyelia? Have a syrinx at c-6 to t-1 level.

Is a prominent central canal from t-4 to t-12 the same as hydromyelia? Have a syrinx at c-6 to t-1 level.

See your doctor: Sounds like your trying to make sense of a an MRI or ct report. You obviously have some considerable health issues, and you doctors need to be explaining all of this in detail. ...Read more

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