Idiopathic syringomyelia: Case report and review of the literature

J. W. Lin, M. S. Lin, C. M. Lin, C. H. Tseng, S. H. Tsai, I. H. Kan, W. T. Chiu

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Syringomyelia is an uncommon disease that is caused most often by type I Chiari malformation, which develops in the hindbrain, and less frequently by other factors which are not limited to the hindbrain, including trauma, infection, or scoliosis. Idiopathic syringomyelia is rare. We present in this article a patient with idiopathic syringomyelia characterized by hypoesthesia and progressive weakness in the left lower limb. Decompression was attempted by means of laminectomy and a syringoarachnoid shunt. Motor, sensory, and bladder functions were monitored by the change in Japanese Orthopedic Association scores, which increased from 10 points preoperatively to 14 points 30 days postoperatively. This case demonstrates the effectiveness of surgical decompression in a patient with remarkable neurological deficit.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Functional and Reparative Neurosurgery
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Wien
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9783211352045
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2006

Publication series

NameActa Neurochirurgica, Supplementum
ISSN (Print)0065-1419


  • Idiopathic syringomyelia
  • neurological deficit
  • syringoarachnoid shunting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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    Lin, J. W., Lin, M. S., Lin, C. M., Tseng, C. H., Tsai, S. H., Kan, I. H., & Chiu, W. T. (2006). Idiopathic syringomyelia: Case report and review of the literature. In Advances in Functional and Reparative Neurosurgery (99 ed., pp. 117-120). (Acta Neurochirurgica, Supplementum; No. 99). Springer-Verlag Wien.