CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Neurosci Rural Pract 2014; 05(S 01): S078-S082
DOI: 10.4103/0976-3147.145215
Case Report
Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice

Syringomyelia secondary to cervical spondylosis: Case report and review of literature

Savitr Sastri Bhagavathula Venkata
1  Department of Neurosurgery, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Karnataka, India.
,
Arivazhagan Arimappamagan
2  Department of Neurosurgery, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
,
Spiros Lafazanos
3  Department of Neurosurgery, General Military Hospital, Athen, Greece, India.
,
Nupur Pruthi
2  Department of Neurosurgery, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
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Publication Date:
26 September 2019 (online)

ABSTRACT

Syringomyelia secondary to cervical spondylosis is a rare entity to encounter in clinical practice. We discuss the case of a 53-year-old lady who presented with a syringomyelic syndrome and was found to have cervical spondylosis on imaging. Cine-MRI revealed an obstruction of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow in the cervical spinal subarachnoid space. Decompression of the same led to clinical and radiological improvement. There is a potential causal association between cervical spondylosis and syringomyelia. MRI CSF flow studies may help in deciding the course of treatment in such cases. A subset of patients with cervical spondylosis and concurrent spinal cord signal intensity changes may show reversal of the same following intervention.