Syringomelia is a condition in which a cyst forms in the spinal cord. As the cyst grows, the spinal cord is damaged.
Causes of Syringomyelia
Causes of syringomyelia include:
- Brain abnormalities
- Spinal cord tumors
- Spinal cord injury
- Spinal cord inflammation resulting from disease or surgery
Symptoms of Syringomyelia
Symptoms of syringomyelia include:
- Weakness in the arms and legs
- Difficulty walking
- Neck and arm pain
- Decreased sensitivity to pain
Treatment of Syringomyelia
Treatment varies, but generally includes surgery to drain or remove the cyst.