Post-traumatic syringomyelia.

Department of Surgery, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha, India.
Indian Journal of Orthopaedics (Impact Factor: 0.74). 10/2007; 41(4):398-400. DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.37006
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ABSTRACT Progressive post-traumatic cystic syringomyelia is an uncommon and increasingly recognized cause of morbidity following spinal cord injury. We hereby report a 35-year-old gentleman who sustained wedge compression fracture of L-1 vertebral body 15 years back and had complete paraplegia with bowel/bladder involvement. The neurological deficit recovered with minimal residual motor deficits and erectile dysfunction. He presented now with increasing neurological deficits associated with pain and paresthesia. The MRI spine showed a syrinx extending from the site of injury up to the medulla. He underwent a syringo-peritoneal shunt and at followup his pain and motor functions had improved but erectile dysfunction was persisting.

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