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What is spondylitic myclomalacia and what can be done?
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Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Cervical myelopathy
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy is a spinal cord disorder that affects older patients.
Spondylosis refers to the degenerative changes that occur in the spine which leads to stenosis, this can cause myelopathy(compression of the spinal cord/nerves). Symptoms can include pain/numbness/weakness gait abnormalities. Depending on the severity surgery may be recommended. Discuss with neurosurgeon.

In brief: Cervical myelopathy
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy is a spinal cord disorder that affects older patients.
Spondylosis refers to the degenerative changes that occur in the spine which leads to stenosis, this can cause myelopathy(compression of the spinal cord/nerves). Symptoms can include pain/numbness/weakness gait abnormalities. Depending on the severity surgery may be recommended. Discuss with neurosurgeon.
Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Spinal cord scar
If you mean myelomalacia from spondylosis (neck degenerative arthritis), it is abnormal signal in the spinal cord seen on mri.
If there is recent trauma, the signal can be blood or edema (swelling, bruising). In chronic settings it probably represents scar tissue in the cord. Treatment is indirect. Surgery enlarges the space for the spinal cord to prevent further damage.

In brief: Spinal cord scar
If you mean myelomalacia from spondylosis (neck degenerative arthritis), it is abnormal signal in the spinal cord seen on mri.
If there is recent trauma, the signal can be blood or edema (swelling, bruising). In chronic settings it probably represents scar tissue in the cord. Treatment is indirect. Surgery enlarges the space for the spinal cord to prevent further damage.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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