Cervical Syrinx

Cervical syrinx is a fluid-filled cavity within the spinal cord (syringomyelia) usually resulting from lesions that partially obstruct cerebrospinal fluid flow.  Symptoms include faccid weakness of the hands and arms and deficits in pain and temperature sensation over the back and neck.  At least half of all syrinxes occur in patients with congenital abnormalities of the craniocervical junction, brain, or spinal cord.  Syringomyelia typically causes weakness, atrophy, and often fasciculations and hyporeflexia of the hands and arms.  Treatment sometimes includes surgical decompression, but surgery usually cannot reverse severe neurologic deterioration

Rubin, Michael, MDCM. Syrinx of the Spinal Cord or Brain Stem. Merck Manual.

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