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What are the causes of syringomyelia?

What are the causes of syringomyelia?

Chiari I: Chiari I malformation most common less often, klippel-feil, postinfectious, postinflammatory, spinal neoplasms, posttraumatic.

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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"?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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? .

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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.

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Are there drugs to treat syringomyelia?

Are there drugs to treat syringomyelia?

No: Usually surgical. In rare cases, a syrinx may resolve on its own without treatment. If syringomyelia is causing signs and symptoms that interfere with your daily life, or if signs and symptoms rapidly worsen, surgery is usually recommended.

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Which drug will help with syringomyelia pain?

Which drug will help with syringomyelia pain?

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.

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Is there a good exercise that helps syringomyelia?

Is there a good exercise that helps syringomyelia?

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.

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What are the symptoms associated with syringomyelia?

Multiple: Most people have no symptoms. Those who do have symptoms experience pain, burning, numbness. Some people can even experience weakness.

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What happens to people with syringomyelia over time?

Hand and legs: May have pain. Numbness inter hands. A progressive enlargement may result in leg weakness and urinary difficulties.

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What is the definition or description of: Syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia: 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 within the spinal cord.

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Someone I know has been diagnosed with syringomyelia. What is it?

Someone I know has been diagnosed with syringomyelia. What is it?

Hole in spinal cord: They can occur spontaneously, with trauma, tumors, or other conditions. Most cause no problems or symptoms and are found incidentally.

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Which medication to control symptoms of syringomyelia is most effective?

Syringomyelia: The symptoms most common associated with syringomyelia are neuropathic pains and best to see a neurologist who deals in pain management as they can be quite helpful in treating these symptoms. Rarely is the pain completely gone but it can certainly made more tolerable.

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Is it possible for me to have syringomyelia even though I'm young and healthy?

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).

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