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What is Siringomielia?

What is Siringomielia?

Syringomyelia (sih-ring-go-my-E-lee-uh) is the development of a fluid-filled cyst (syrinx) within your spinal cord. Over time, the cyst can enlarge, damaging your spinal cord and causing pain, weakness and stiffness, among other symptoms.

What causes Syringohydromyelia?

The majority of cases of syringomyelia are associated with a complex brain abnormality known as a Chiari malformation. Additional known causes of syringomyelia include tethered cord syndrome, meningitis (arachnoiditis), certain tumors of the spinal cord, and trauma.

Can syringomyelia be cured?

Is there a cure for Syringomyelia? There is no cure at the present time.

Can a syrinx burst?

Spinal dermoid cysts can spontaneous rupture into the syrinx cavity alone. The syrinx is filled with ruptured contents (lipid) of the dermoid cyst. Staging operations should be considered according to the patient’s symptoms. Syrinx aspiration surgery is an effective treatment for the lipid syrinx.

What is syringomyelia and Syringobulbia?

Syringomyelia (central cavitation of the spinal cord) and syringobulbia (cavitation of the medulla) are relatively rare disorders. These conditions are often found in association with congenital abnormalities such as Chiari malformations, with neoplasms or as sequelae to spinal cord trauma.

What is the difference between syringomyelia and hydromyelia?

Syringomyelia is the development of a fluid-filled cavity or syrinx within the spinal cord. Hydromyelia is a dilatation of the central canal by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and may be included within the definition of syringomyelia.

Can hydromyelia cause brain damage?

Injuries, underlying conditions, and certain problems during brain and spinal cord development in the womb can all cause problems with the flow of CSF. There’s also a strong link between hydromyelia and Chiari malformations. These are a type of birth defect that affects brain structure.