Spinal Syrinx

Spinal syrinx is a fluid-filled tumor (cyst) inside the spinal cord. Other names for spinal syrinx are syringomyelia, hydromyelia and Morvan disease.  

This type of tumor can expand during adolescence or the young adult years. If this happens, the cyst can destroy the spinal cord. This can cause:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Loss of ability to tell heat from cold
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

The symptoms of a spinal syrinx depend on where it is located in the spine, how large it is, how much it grows and other factors. Because spinal syrinx can cause severe pain and nerve problems, your doctor might recommend surgery to remove it. The OHSU Spine Center doctors are experts at treating spinal syrinx.

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