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This is driving me crazy! I had an MRI a couple of months ago and recently recieved the MRI report in the mail from the radiologist. The doctor that ordered the MRI died before he could look at it and my family doctor quit his practice. The family doctor ordered a follow up MRI on my last appointment with him but he didn't go over the first MRI with me. He just told me that I should have a follow up MRI to make sure the cyst hadn't changed at all. I had the second MRI yesterday and I haven't gotten the results yet. The radiologist yesterday told me a couple times to make sure I follow this MRI up with a doctor. I'm not sure if that means I"m supposed to worry or if that's just a normal procedure. The problem is that I have no doctor other than an orthopedic surgeon I just started seeing for my shoulder (actually it was while doing MRIs of my neck and shoulder to check out injuries from a car accident that they found this cyst). This is exactly what my first MRI says:

"There is a tiny oval well circumscribed imtramedullary lesion in the spinal cord at the C7-T1 level which I suspect is an incidental finding. It is
unusual in appearance and I am not certain as to the etiology. The appearance is that of a cystic lesion without any enhancement and I wonder if this is a developmental lesion such as a neuroenteric cyst or possibly a small intramedullary epidermoid cyst....A tiny focal syrinx would be a consideration but usually a syrinx is seen over a longer length of the spinal cord. If there has been a history of significant trauma in the past, this could be the sequela of previous spinal cord injury with a focal area of myelomalacia."

Does anyone know what any of that means? If you do I would absolutely love to know! Is this probably from car accident injuries?

Thanks,
Naomi
[QUOTE=canadachik]This is driving me crazy! I had an MRI a couple of months ago and recently recieved the MRI report in the mail from the radiologist. The doctor that ordered the MRI died before he could look at it and my family doctor quit his practice. The family doctor ordered a follow up MRI on my last appointment with him but he didn't go over the first MRI with me. He just told me that I should have a follow up MRI to make sure the cyst hadn't changed at all. I had the second MRI yesterday and I haven't gotten the results yet. The radiologist yesterday told me a couple times to make sure I follow this MRI up with a doctor. I'm not sure if that means I"m supposed to worry or if that's just a normal procedure. The problem is that I have no doctor other than an orthopedic surgeon I just started seeing for my shoulder (actually it was while doing MRIs of my neck and shoulder to check out injuries from a car accident that they found this cyst). This is exactly what my first MRI says:

"There is a tiny oval well circumscribed imtramedullary lesion in the spinal cord at the C7-T1 level which I suspect is an incidental finding. It is
unusual in appearance and I am not certain as to the etiology. The appearance is that of a cystic lesion without any enhancement and I wonder if this is a developmental lesion such as a neuroenteric cyst or possibly a small intramedullary epidermoid cyst....A tiny focal syrinx would be a consideration but usually a syrinx is seen over a longer length of the spinal cord. If there has been a history of significant trauma in the past, this could be the sequela of previous spinal cord injury with a focal area of myelomalacia."

Does anyone know what any of that means? If you do I would absolutely love to know! Is this probably from car accident injuries?

Thanks,
Naomi[/QUOTE]

I posted to you on another post exactly like this one.
Naomi, if they stated there was SYRINX, then it will not be a herniated disc.....different disorder.
The Syrinx is a cyst in/on the spinal cord. It can come from the following origins:
Trauma (even from 10 years ago)
Tumors (cancer or non cancer)
Ideopathic (unknown)
Congenital (there since birth but never caused problems until injury or other circumstances within the spinal cord such as complications during previous operation)

As for the myelomalacia, that is the structural deformity of the blood vessels to that region. Could have occured due to any of the above conditions listed under syrinx. The clincal term you are seeking more information on is:
syringomyelia and hydrosyringomyelia
Usually associated with Chiari Malformation I....this also occurs without Chiari. So please do not let the websites confuse the two diseases. A syrinx can not cause Chiari (a painful neurological disorder that affects the brain and the spinal cord) but Chiari will cause a syrinx.
A syrinx can cause scoliosis as well as the pressure in the cord causes the spine to adapt around the fluid (as this did with my son). So please have this looked at in more detail. Let me know what happens, please!!!





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