Syringomyelia

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Morvan Disease
  • Hydromyelia
  • Spinal Cord Cyst
  • Syringohydromyelia

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Syringomyelia is a neurological disorder characterized by the formation of a fluid-filled cyst (syrinx) within the spinal cord. This cyst may, for unknown reasons, expand during adolescence or the young adult years, destroying the center of the spinal cord as it does.

As the syrinx expands, it affects the nerves that stimulate the patient's legs, arms, back and shoulders. In turn, the affected individual may feel considerable pain and weakness, and may lose the ability to distinguish hot from cold objects. The combination of symptoms and signs may vary considerably from person to person, depending on where in the spine the syrinx is located and how much it expands over time. Often, the symptoms develop slowly. Unless the condition is treated surgically, it may lead to neurological deficits and chronic, intense pain.

Resources

American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project
P.O. Box 1586
Longview, TX 75606-1586
Tel: (903)236-7079
Fax: (903)757-7456
Tel: (800)272-7282
Email: info@asap.org
Internet: http://www.asap.org

Canadian Syringomyelia Network
69 Penny Crescent
Markham
Ontario, L3P 5X7
Canada
Tel: 9054718278
Fax: 9059444844
Email: barb@csn.ca
Internet: http://www.csn.ca/

World Arnold Chiari Malformation Association
31 Newtown Woods Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Tel: (610)353-4737
Email: chiari-owner@yahoogroups.com
Internet: http://www.wacma.com

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A
Short Hills, NJ 07078
USA
Tel: (973)379-2690
Fax: (973)912-9433
Tel: (800)225-0292
Email: prc@ChristopherReeve.org
Internet: http://www.christopherreeve.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

Christopher S. Burton Syringomyelia Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 100335
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310-0335
Tel: (954)727-5137
Fax: (954)636-2409
Email: info@thesmfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.thesmfoundation.org

Conquer Chiari
320 Osprey Court
Wexford, PA 15090
USA
Tel: (724)940-0116
Fax: (724)940-0172
Email: director@conquerchiari.org
Internet: http://www.conquerchiari.org

Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation
29 Crest Loop
Melville, NY 11747
Tel: (718)966-2593
Internet: http://www.CSFinfo.org

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Last Updated:  9/23/2007
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