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What is surgery for syringomyelia like?

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Dr. Clemens Schirmer
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: 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

In brief: 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
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