Syringomyelia, a condition that most typically forms during fetal development, is a disorder in which a cyst forms within the spinal cord. It can also occur as a complication of trauma, meningitis, hemorrhage, and other conditions. In a person with syringomyelia, the cyst that forms within the spinal cord will expand and lengthen over time until it destroys the center of the spinal cord.
Symptoms typically begin in childhood and can include:
- Chronic severe pain
- Loss of ability to feel hot or cold (especially in the hands).
This condition is typically treated with surgery.
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