Extensive syringomyelia

Case contributed by Dr Arthur Daire

Presentation

History of previous surgery for a spinal cord lesion/tumor. No details of type of tumour (histology) were present.

Patient Data

Age: 20
Gender: Male
MRI

There is an extensive syrinx extending from the  C2/3 level all the way down to T11/12 level.

No masses (intramedullary or dural or extradural)

C5- C7 laminectomies are  evident consistent with previous history of surgery.

Case Discussion

Syringomyelia can occur after trauma or surgery, post infection ( e.g. arachnoiditis), can be congenital (like in Chiari malformation) and can also be associated with some tumours like haemangioblastomas.

In this case its either secondary to surgery or the trauma thereof, or could be related to the tumour that he had.

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Case information

rID: 31265
Case created: 28th Sep 2014
Last edited: 27th Apr 2017
Tag: syrinx
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