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What Is Syringomyelia And What Causes It
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
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.
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.See 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.See 1 more doctor answer
SYringomyelia: Syringomyelia can be a congential issue or from a post-traumtic injury. The central neuropatic pain can be addressed in a number of ways depending on the nature of the syrinx. It would be best to see a neurosurgeon who specializes in this in order to determine what is the best course of treatment.See 1 more doctor answer
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
Multiple: Most people have no symptoms. Those who do have symptoms experience pain, burning, numbness. Some people can even experience weakness.
Hole in spinal cord: They can occur spontaneously, with trauma, tumors, or other conditions. Most cause no problems or symptoms and are found incidentally.
Yes: A spinal syrinx (hole of fluid within the spinal cord) can be a distant result of a previous spinal cord trauma. But if you do have a spinal cord syrinx, it is important to assure that you do not have several of the causes of syrinx, including chiari malformation, spinal cord tumors, etc. Please see your doctor for full workup (to include spinal mri's with contrast).See 1 more doctor answer
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