History of previous surgery for a spinal cord lesion/tumor. No details of type of tumor (histology) were present.
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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, consistent with previous history of surgery.
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 tumors like hemangioblastomas.
In this case its either secondary to surgery or the trauma thereof, or could be related to the tumor that he had.
- Fischbein NJ, Dillon WP, Cobbs C et-al. The "presyrinx" state: a reversible myelopathic condition that may precede syringomyelia. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1999;20 (1): 7-20. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol (full text) - Pubmed citation
- Tanghe H. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in syringomyelia. Acta neurochir. 1995;134 (1-2): 93-99. doi:10.1007/BF01428512