|Related to/Also known as||Chiari Malformation
Syringomyelia is a disorder affecting the nervous system, where fluid-filled cavities develop inside the spinal cord. A variety of conditions lead to the formation of syringomyelia cavities. The most common factor is obstruction to the normal flow of CSF (cerebrospinal fluid within the spinal cord). Possible causes include Hindbrain Hernia, also referred to as Chiari Malformation, and spinal cord injury.
Symptoms vary, ranging from neck and arm pain, through to fairly severe disability, with muscle weakness and paralysis.
|Useful national contacts||
Chiari Malformation Group: A space for you (Facebook group of the Brain & Spine Foundation)
|News and events|
|Online resources||Arnold-Chiari malformation and driving (Gov.uk website)
Chiari Malformation (NHS Choices)
Syringomyelia Fact Sheet (U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
Syringomyelia (Contact A Family)
Chiari malformations (Brain & Spine Foundation)
Chiari malformation (Medline Plus website)
The library at The Brain Charity has a range of reference resources on this condition and on a wide range of disability-related issues.
This includes copies of the booklet prepared by neuro-surgeon Graham Flint, called Syringomyelia & Hindbrain Hernia (Chiari Malformation): An explanation for patients, relatives & carers, published by The Ann Conroy Trust.