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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Spine and Back Health
Hydromyelia and syrinx
I just had an MRI done and the results were diffuse mild hydromyelia versus syrinx of the thoracic spinal cord. The report said there is a dilation of the central spinal canal versus a diffuse mild syrinx extending through the entire length of the thoracic spinal cord. What exactly does this mean and is it dangerous. No evidence of neoplasm. Can someone have a dilated canal normally or does it always indicate a problem. Also are the findings from a radiologist a diagnosis or just a possibility? thank you.
Some small dilations can be congenital and if unchanging, benign. These are all good questions, however, most are specific about your x-ray findings and should be answered by the physician who has been evaluating you.
Anthony Guanciale, MD
Associate Professor and Director, Division of Spine Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati