Spontaneous resolution of syringomyelia without Chiari malformation - Case report

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Ozisik P. A., Hazer B., Ziyal I. M., Ozcan O. E.

NEUROLOGIA MEDICO-CHIRURGICA, vol.46, no.10, pp.512-517, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.2176/nmc.46.512
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.512-517
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


A 30-year-old woman presented with a cervical syrinx manifesting as hemihypesthesia. Neuroimaging found no evidence of Chiari malformation or tight cisterna magna. Serial magnetic resonance imaging studies over a 6-year period demonstrated spontaneous and complete resolution of the syrinx accompanied by an asymptomatic clinical course. The natural history of syringomyelia is highly unpredictable. The outcome of surgical treatment for patients with syringomyelia is not always satisfactory, so the indications for surgery are controversial. Spontaneous resolution of syringomyelia unrelated with foramen magnum lesion has various causes. Close follow up of the patient is necessary to monitor for recurrence.