Extensive arachnoid ossification with associated syringomyelia presenting as thoracic myelopathy. Case report and review of the literature

Konstantin V. Slavin, Randall R. Nixon, Gary M. Nesbit, Kim J. Burchiel

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Abstract

The authors present the case of progressive thoracic myelopathy caused by the extensive ossification of the arachnoid membrane and associated intramedullary syrinx. Based on their findings and results of the literature search, they describe a pathological basis for this rare condition, discuss its incidence and symptomatology, and suggest a simple classification for various types of the arachnoid ossification. They also discuss the magnetic resonance imaging features of arachnoid ossification and associated spinal cord changes. The particular value of plain computerized tomography, which is highly sensitive in revealing intraspinal calcifications and ossifications, in the diagnostic evaluation of patients with a clinical picture of progressive myelopathy is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-229
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume91
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Oct 1 1999

Keywords

  • Arachnoiditis
  • Computerized tomography scanning
  • Myelopathy
  • Ossification
  • Syringomyelia
  • Thoracic spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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