Without treatment, the disorder gets worse very slowly. Over time it will cause severe disability.
Surgery usually stops the condition from getting worse. About 50% of people will have improvements in nervous system function after surgery.
Without treatment, the condition will lead to:
Loss of nervous system function
Possible complications of surgery include:
Other complications of surgery
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of syringomyelia.
There is no known way to prevent this condition, other than avoiding injuries to the spinal cord. Getting treated right away slows the disorder from getting worse.
Rekate HL. Spinal cord disorders. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme J, Schor N, Behrman RE, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 598.
Luc Jasmin, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and Department of Anatomy at UCSF, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.