Neurological Spine Disorders

Syringomyelia

What is syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia is a condition where a fluid-filled cavity, called a syrinx, develops in the spinal cord. Often a syrinx arises as a result of pressure in the spinal canal and obstruction of the cerebrospinal fluid. The syrinx can grow and injure the spinal cord and nerves. It can be caused by a Chiari malformation, congenital process, tumor or trauma.

What are the symptoms of syringomyelia?

Symptoms of syringomyelia can include pain, numbness, tingling and weakness.

How is syringomyelia treated?

Treatment for syringomyelia can include conservative options, such as careful observation and symptom management, or surgery. Surgery for syringomyelia may involve treating its cause, such as in Chiari decompression, tumor removal or drainage of the cyst using a small passage called a shunt.

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