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In the present review the author describes the different types of syringomyelia that originate from abnormalities at the level of the spinal cord rather than at the craniovertebral junction. These include posttraumatic and postinflammatory syringomyelia, as well as syringomyelia associated with arachnoid cysts and spinal cord tumors. The diagnosis and the(More)
Smaller posterior fossa (PF) volume has been suggested to be one of the mechanisms responsible for tonsillar herniation through the foramen magnum in patients with Chiari I malformation (CM I). Although previous radiological analyses of the cranial anatomy have suggested a smaller PF volume in patients with CM I, the relationship of the PF volume to(More)
OBJECT Because lumbar magnetic resonance (MR) imaging fails to identify a treatable cause of chronic sciatica in nearly 1 million patients annually, the authors conducted MR neurography and interventional MR imaging in 239 consecutive patients with sciatica in whom standard diagnosis and treatment failed to effect improvement. METHODS After performing MR(More)
This report describes a technique for exposing the ventrolateral quadrant of the spinal cord through an extended posterolateral approach that can be used in both cervical and thoracic regions. The surgical technique includes the following: 1) a midline skin incision with a transverse extension at the level of pathology; 2) unilateral division and retraction(More)
A retrospective study was undertaken on 133 patients with a Chiari I malformation treated within the last 16 years at the Departments of Neurosurgery at the Nordstadt Hospital Hannover, Germany, and the University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A. Ninety-seven patients presented with symptoms related to accompanying syringomyelia and 4 with associated(More)
OBJECT This study aims to show the relationship between clinical outcome in patients who underwent surgical decompression for Chiari malformation (CM) and postoperative imaging studies, with particular emphasis on the subarachnoid cisterns of the posterior fossa. METHODS One hundred seventy-seven patients with CM, including 97 with syringomyelia,(More)
OBJECT The authors review their experience in the diagnosis and management of 32 patients with slitlike syrinx cavities. METHODS There were 18 men and 14 women with a mean age of 40 years. Presenting symptoms that prompted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging evaluation were mechanical spinal pain (13 patients), radicular pain (seven patients), paresthesia(More)
Computer-aided design techniques were used to analyze the degree of spinal curvature shown on cervical spine radiograms of 28 patients. On films standardized as to size, a geometrical chord was constructed from the 2nd to the 7th cervical vertebrae (C2 to C7), and an arc was drawn along the posterior margin of the vertebrae. The resulting area was used as(More)
OBJECT In this report the authors review their experience in the treatment of seven patients with symptomatic cerebellar ptosis following craniovertebral decompression (CVD) for Chiari I malformation. METHODS The mean age of the patients was 37 years and the average amount of time between the initial suboccipital craniectomy and evaluation for cerebellar(More)
OBJECT Syringomyelia is often linked to pathological lesions of the foramen magnum. The most common cause is hindbrain herniation, usually referred to as Chiari I or II malformation. Foramen magnum arachnoiditis without either Chiari I or II malformation is a rare cause of syringomyelia. The authors undertook a retrospective analysis of 21 patients with(More)