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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia is the development of a fluid-filled cyst within the spinal cord. Over time, the cyst can enlarge and damage the spinal cord. Most common cause is a complex brain abnormality called Chiari malformation. Other causes include meningitis (brain inflammation), certain tumors of the spinal cord, trauma, etc.

Symptoms of syringomyelia

  • Decreased sensation over skin

  • Numbness or abnormal sensation

  • Numbness anywhere from the elbow to the wrist

  • Reduced sensitivity to feeling pain

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Hands and legs became clumsy - I cannot do fine work with them

  • Difficulty standing up from sitting position

  • The arm and leg on one side is weaker and harder to move than the other

Questions your doctor may ask to check for syringomyelia

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose syringomyelia

  • Do you feel the sensation on your skin has changed?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

  • Do you have numbness from your elbow to your wrist?

  • Do you think that you are less sensitive to pain or do not feel pain at all?

  • Do you feel any weakness in your arms or legs?

Treatment for syringomyelia

Treatment for syringomyelia depends on the severity. If syringomyelia isn't causing signs or symptoms, treatment is not requires. Surgery may be recommended for symptomatic cases.

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