Posttraumatic Syringomyelia Follow-up

Updated: Sep 02, 2019
  • Author: Lance L Goetz, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Follow-up

Prognosis

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  • The natural history of untreated syringomyelia is variable, with stabilization of symptoms in some persons and slow but persistent progression in others. Some persons continue to demonstrate progression of the condition, despite surgical intervention. The exact percentage of persons with initially asymptomatic syrinx cavities who become symptomatic is not known.

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Patient Education

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  • Medical professionals should educate the patient with PTS to avoid actions such as straining or Valsalva-type activities that may worsen symptoms. After successful treatment, this precaution may be lifted.

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