Syringomyelia


Specialty of Neurological Surgery

Syringomyelia is a disorder in which a cyst filled with cerebrospinal fluid (LCE) forms in the interior of the spinal cord, eventually damaging it, as it expands and destroys the center of the spinal cord. The spinal cord connects the brain to the nerves of all extremities, so this damage causes pain, weakness and stiffness in the back, shoulders, arms, or legs. Other symptoms can be headaches and not feeling extreme cold or heat. The causes can be several, due to congenital defects, trauma of the marrow or tumors in the spinal cord. The goal of treatment will be to stop the damage to the bone marrow so that it does not get worse. In this regard, surgery to relieve pressure in the spinal cord may be a solution. This is usually accompanied by physiotherapy, to improve the muscles, and ventriculoperitoneal bypass, a procedure by which the accumulated fluid is drained.

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