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Are there surgical options to fix syringomyelia?
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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Roger Frankel
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Dr. Karl Schultz
Neurosurgery
In brief: Surgery
Symptomatic syringomyelia can be treated with direct surgery which usually involves diverting the fluid from inside the spinal cord to some other space (often with a small plastic tube).
Syringomyelia that are the result of a chiari malformation can be treated more indirectly by treating the chiari malformation itself and the syringomyelia will resolve spontaneously.

In brief: Surgery
Symptomatic syringomyelia can be treated with direct surgery which usually involves diverting the fluid from inside the spinal cord to some other space (often with a small plastic tube).
Syringomyelia that are the result of a chiari malformation can be treated more indirectly by treating the chiari malformation itself and the syringomyelia will resolve spontaneously.
Dr. Karl Schultz
Dr. Karl Schultz
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