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Syringomyelia: Introduction

Syringomyelia: Syringomyelia (sear-IN-go-my-EEL-ya) is a disorder in which a cyst forms within the spinal cord. This cyst, called a syrinx, expands and elongates over time, ... more about Syringomyelia.

Syringomyelia: Spinal cord cysts. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Syringomyelia is available below.

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Prognosis for Syringomyelia

Prognosis for Syringomyelia: Good. Usually good response to early treatment such as surgery. Advanced cases may leave permanent spinal injury.

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Article Excerpts about Syringomyelia

Syringomyelia (sear-IN-go-my-EEL-ya) is a disorder in which a cyst forms within the spinal cord. This cyst, called a syrinx, expands and elongates over time, destroying the center of the spinal cord. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Syringomyelia Information Page: NINDS)

Definitions of Syringomyelia:

Longitudinal cavities in the spinal cord, most often in the cervical region, which may extend for multiple spinal levels. The cavities are lined by dense, gliogenous tissue and may be associated with SPINAL CORD NEOPLASMS; spinal cord traumatic injuries; and vascular malformations. Syringomyelia is marked clinically by pain and PARESTHESIA, muscular atrophy of the hands, and analgesia with thermoanesthesia of the hands and arms, but with the tactile sense preserved (sensory dissociation). Lower extremity spasticity and incontinence may also develop. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p1269) - (Source - Diseases Database)

Syringomyelia is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Syringomyelia, or a subtype of Syringomyelia, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Syringomyelia as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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