What is the connection between Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia?

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What is the connection between Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia?

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Chiari Type I Malformation is associated with other disorders such as Syringomyelia (SM). SM is a disorder that develops when CSF enters the spinal cord and forms a cavity called a syrinx . A syrinx is any abnormal widening of the spinal cord canal that creates a cavity; it can be called a cyst, hydromyelia, or syringomyelia. As CSF accumulates in the cavity, abnormal pressure compresses the spinal cord and may interrupt or block the normal flow of CSF. Symptoms of Syringomyelia The spinal cord is the primary communication system between the brain and the extremities. When spinal cord compression occurs and/or the flow of CSF is disrupted, different symptoms may develop. The symptoms may include pain, weakness, numbness, and stiffness that affect the back, shoulders, arms or legs. Other symptoms include headache, inability to feel temperature changes, sweating, sexual dysfunction, and loss of bowel and bladder control. Diagnosis: Chiari Malformation and/or Syringomyelia The diagnostic