Cervical spondylotic myelopathy associated with syringomyelia: A case report

  • S. Naderi
  • S. Özgen
  • M. Necmettin Pamir
Case reports


A case of syringomyelia associated with cervical spondylotic myelopathy is presented. A decompressive cervical laminectomy was performed. The patient improved gradually after operation. It is concluded that the choice of surgical treatment in cases with syringomyelia associated with cervical spondylotic myelopathy requires a careful neurological and radiological examination based on the findings of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cine-MRI.

Key words

Cervical spondylotic myelopathy Syringomyelia MRI 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Naderi
    • 1
  • S. Özgen
    • 1
  • M. Necmettin Pamir
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryMarmara University, School of MedicineIstanbulTurkey

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