Syringomyelia (Syrinx; Enlargement of the Central canal)

Syringomyelia is a chronic disease of the spinal cord characterized by teh presence of fluid-filled cavities. Syringomyelia can be caused by several conditions. The most common is association with a Chiari malformation. Intramedullary spinal cord tumors can also cause Syrinxes (Syringomyelia). Syrinxes can develop after trauma to the spinal cord or with any blockage of the flow of within the Central canal such as with compression from a tumor or scarring of the Ependyma from Meningitis.