Natural history and postsurgical outcome of syringomyelia

A. Boiardi, L. Munari, A. Silvani, E. Porta, A. Scuratti, S. Lodrini

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The surgical treatment of syringomyelia is still debatable and the result are often poor. Several surgical procedures, based on various proposed etiopathologies, have been developed but in many cases have proved completely ineffective. We have evaluated the follow-up of 69 syringomyelic patients, some operated on, some not, in the search for clues to the management of the disease. For this purpose we devised a rating system, which we describe. 31 patients underwent surgery while 38 received no treatment. We found that half of the patients deteriorated, whether they were operated on or not; only 1 in 5 improved and the rest remained stable. For surgical treatment to be successful, the disease must be in rapid evolution but without definite paraparesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-579
Number of pages5
JournalItalian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1991


  • prognosis
  • survival
  • Syringomyelia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology

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