Syringomyelia information

James Little jwl128 at
Sun Apr 16 15:59:51 EST 1995

	MRI readily demonstrates cysts or syrinxes in the spinal cord but
serial MRI does not readily distinguish cysts or syrinxes which are
producing ongoing neurologic decline from those which are not producing 
ongoing neurologic decline.  Other neurophysiologic measures are needed 
to monitor the neurologic status of syringomyelia patients.

On 11 Apr 1995, Ben Inglis wrote:

> In article 100000 at, James Little <jwl128 at> writes:
> >I missed the initial request for information on Syringomyelia, but saw the
> >reply by Sarah Santitoro.  My colleagues and I are studying 
> >syringomyelia, particularly post-traumatic syringomyelia.  Magnetic 
> >resonance imaging (MRI) is very sensitive for diagnosing syringomyelia, 
> >but it is insensitive for monitoring serial change.  We are exploring 
> >alternative methods for monitoring syringomyelia.  We are concerned that 
> >shunting fails in some patients over a period of years, though they may 
> >experience initial benefit.  I would be interested in communicating with 
> >those who have syringomyelia and those who are researching this illness.
> What do you mean by "serial change" and in what way is MRI insensitive to
> it?  I've recently started a collaboration with U. Miami Project to Cure
> Paralysis on this very subject (I'm doing the NMR, they're doing the biology)
> and have some experience using NMR to study hydrocephalus, including shunts.
> Hope you don't mind the cross posting - this could be an interesting thread.
> Ben

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