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HORCAJADAS, A. et al. "Idiopathic" syringomyelia: report of a case. Neurocirugía [online]. 2008, vol.19, n.6, pp.556-561. ISSN 1130-1473.

Syringomyelia is the condition in which cavities fulfilled with CSF are found within spinal cord. Syringes are caused by obstructions of CSF pathways of different causes. If we can not find a cause responsible for the blockage, we called it "idiopathic" syringomyelia. Drainage procedures have been widely used but results, especially long-term results, are not favourable and complication rate is high. Some authors prefer to restore CSF circulation instead to drain the syrinx. Results of this treatment modality are better in literature than drainage procedures. Adequate radiological studies help to identify problem location and to plan the approach. A case of "idiopathic" syringomyelia is presented. Treatment consisted on arachnoids webs dissection and dural plastia. Clinical and radiological response was good. Literature concerned about this kind of syringomyelia and treatment modalities are reviewed.

Keywords : Syringomyelia; Idiopathic; Arachnoiditis; Shunt; Arachnoid web.

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