Should an extensive syringomyelia and syringobulbia be treated right after diagnosis or should it just be monitored?
Syringomyelia. Syringomelia associated with sryingobulbia is a serious condition. Treatment from a surgical point of view is based on the symptoms and the progression of symptoms. If the findings are stable then nothing needs to be done in an urgent fashion. If the symptoms are progressive then earlier intervention, especially surgery would be considered.
How should syringomyelia and syringobulbia be treated? I also suffer with blackouts. Could these be related?
Could be related. If you have syringomyelia (fluid in the spinal cord) and syringobulbia (fluid in the brainstem) they are likely contiguous (connected) and the most common cause is a Chiari malformation. With a Chiari, you may have the sensation of blacking out with valsalva (cough or bearing down). There are other causes, so you should look into this soon and have it treated if possible. Read more...