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dgardineerddgardineer Posts: 158
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I just got my MRI results for my neck and it states I have a slight buldge at C6-C7 and it says "on one of the axial t-2 series, there is a very subtle tiny bright signal intensity in the central aspect of the cord from C6-C7 vertebrae which may represent visualization of the central canal of the cord, probaly not representing any signifigant hydromyelia,although usually the central canal is not visualized.The finding is extremely subtle even on the series which it is visalized and it is not seen on any other series.There is no cord widening or other intrinsic cord lesionsuspected.The cranicervical junction is normal with no evidence of any chiari malformation.

I know that you are not doctors but if anyone has any idea if this is something to worry about I don't go to the dr till 12/31 so I have a hole month to worry about yet another problem.
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  • d,
    I just wanted to share with you that I have a syringohydromyelia (aka syrinx) in my cord. While I can't interpret your MRI, I can share what I have learned as it relates to me.

    I have been told that unless a syrinx is growing or symptomatic, it is not a problem, but that it is a good idea to monitor it with repeat MRIs. A syrinx can be a big deal when it is large enough to interfere with cord signal. Your report uses the words "tiny" and "subtle" which should give you some reassurance. When looking at an mri, the syrinx appears as a white spot in the center of the cord, which is what it sounds like the radiologist is describing. However, I've heard that physicians sometimes order repeat mris to make sure that it wasn't just some artifact showing up on the film.

    Try not to worry too much. I have made the mistake of getting my reports and worrying about what the report says only to find out that the doctor didn't feel it was anything to serious at all. Remember that radiologists are trained to note anything that is not perfect and so they put down everything that could potentially be a concern. This way it is brought to the doctor's attention and the doctor can make a determination if there is any further evaluation necessary.




    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
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