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Surg Neurol. 1989 Sep;32(3):173-80.

Surgical treatment of syringomyelia: favorable results with syringosubarachnoid shunting.

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Department of Neurological Surgery, Bellaria Hospital, Bologna, Italy.


The authors review the clinical course of 29 patients who underwent syringosubarachnoid shunting for syringomyelia. Twenty-two patients presented hindbrain-related syringomyelia; seven patients had non-hindbrain-related syringomyelia secondary to trauma (four cases) and to spinal arachnoiditis (three cases). The surgical technique is described in detail. All patients showed postoperative deflation or collapse of the syrinx at follow-up magnetic resonance imaging evaluation. Symptoms stabilized in 17 cases (59%); 9 cases (31%) showed improvement in the neurological function; 3 cases (10%) presented delayed neurological deterioration, probably owing to spinal cord ischemia.

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