Syringomyelia to pleural shunt

Case contributed by Dr Jayanth Keshavamurthy


50 year old female had a chest X ray for uveitis. What is this tubing on the chest. If there is history of Chiari I malformation and sub occipital craniectomy will it help in making the diagnosis?

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Female

Chest X-ray

The tube is ending in the right pleura. The tubing is smaller in caliber.

Cervical spine MRI had previously shown a Chiari I malformation, surgery for it with suboccipital craniectomy and the proximal tip is in the cervical spinal cord syrinx. There is also anterior cervical spinal fusion hardware.

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Case information

rID: 26796
Published: 8th Jan 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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