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Syringomyelia associated with cervical spondylotic myelopathy causing canal stenosis. A rare association

Dirk Pillich, Ehab El Refaee, Jan-Uwe Mueller, Amr Safwat, Henry W.S. Schroeder, Joerg Baldauf
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2017.08.002
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2017;51(6):471-475.

open access

Vol 51, No 6 (2017)
Original research articles
Submitted: 2016-06-20

Abstract

Background

Although cervical spondylosis is extremely common, only few cases with associated syrinx have been reported. Depending on review of two large data bases, we report this case series. In addition, we evaluated the posterior decompression as the management option in treatment of this rare condition.

Materials and methods

Data of all cases with cervical spondylosis and canal stenosis that sought medical advice or needed decompressive laminectomy/laminoplasty between the years 2006 and 2015 were checked in manually. Perioperative data, together with follow up were reviewed.

Results

Out of five cases found in the reviewed data; four cases undergone posterior decompression (laminectomy in two cases and laminoplasty in the other). One case refused surgery. Along mean follow up period of 6.25 months; three cases improved markedly, while in one case no improvement occurred.

Conclusion

Cervical spondylotic myelopathy can rarely cause syringomyelia. Posterior decompression would be the preferable management option with clinical improvement of most of the cases.

Abstract

Background

Although cervical spondylosis is extremely common, only few cases with associated syrinx have been reported. Depending on review of two large data bases, we report this case series. In addition, we evaluated the posterior decompression as the management option in treatment of this rare condition.

Materials and methods

Data of all cases with cervical spondylosis and canal stenosis that sought medical advice or needed decompressive laminectomy/laminoplasty between the years 2006 and 2015 were checked in manually. Perioperative data, together with follow up were reviewed.

Results

Out of five cases found in the reviewed data; four cases undergone posterior decompression (laminectomy in two cases and laminoplasty in the other). One case refused surgery. Along mean follow up period of 6.25 months; three cases improved markedly, while in one case no improvement occurred.

Conclusion

Cervical spondylotic myelopathy can rarely cause syringomyelia. Posterior decompression would be the preferable management option with clinical improvement of most of the cases.

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Keywords

Syringomyelia, Spondylotic myelopathy, Laminectomy, Laminoplasty

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Title

Syringomyelia associated with cervical spondylotic myelopathy causing canal stenosis. A rare association

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 51, No 6 (2017)

Pages

471-475

DOI

10.1016/j.pjnns.2017.08.002

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2017;51(6):471-475.

Keywords

Syringomyelia
Spondylotic myelopathy
Laminectomy
Laminoplasty

Authors

Dirk Pillich
Ehab El Refaee
Jan-Uwe Mueller
Amr Safwat
Henry W.S. Schroeder
Joerg Baldauf

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