Syringomyelia

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Briefly describe Syringomyelia [from Wikipedia]: Syringomyelia  is a generic term referring to a disorder in which a cyst or cavity forms within the spinal cord. This cyst, called asyrinx, can expand and elongate over time, destroying the spinal cord. The damage may result in pain, paralysis, weakness, and stiffness in the back, shoulders, and extremities. Syringomyelia may also cause a loss of the ability to feel extremes of hot or cold, especially in the hands. The disorder generally leads to a cape-like loss of pain and temperature sensation along the back and arms. The disorder generally leads to a cape-like loss of pain and temperature sensation along the back and arms.

What is Syringomyelia? Syringomyelia is a cystic enlargement of the central canal of the spinal cord.

What is the first thing to be damaged in Syringomyelia? In Syringomyelia the crossing fibers of the spino-thalamic tract are typically damaged first.

What are some of the effects of Syringomyelia? Syringomyelia leads to bilateral cape-like loss of pain and temperature in the upper extremities. But the fine touch sensation is preserved.

What condition is Syringomyelia associated with? Syringomyelia is associated with Chiari-I malformation in which there’s greater that 3-5 mm cerebral tonsillar ectopia.

What area is the syrinx generally located in Syringomyelia? In Syringomyelia the syrinx is most commonly located in C8-T1
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