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A Disorder of CSF Circulation


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  • Up-to-date international account of the present state of understanding of syringomyelia and related disorders

  • Documents the best clinical practice with modern imaging technologies

  • Considers directions for future research

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Table of contents (24 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Historical Aspects

    • Ulrich Batzdorf
    Pages 1-9
  3. Epidemiology

    • Enver Bogdanov
    Pages 11-24
  4. Anatomy and Physiology

    • Roy Weller
    Pages 25-44
  5. Developmental Anatomy

    • Guirish A. Solanki
    Pages 45-67
  6. The Filling Mechanism

    • Marcus Stoodley
    Pages 87-101
  7. Mathematical Modelling

    • Novak S. J. Elliott
    Pages 103-116
  8. Clinical Presentation

    • Ulrich Batzdorf
    Pages 117-123
  9. Diagnostic Investigations

    • John Heiss
    Pages 125-140
  10. Hindbrain-Related Syringomyelia

    • Jörg Klekamp
    Pages 141-166
  11. Idiopathic Syringomyelia

    • Anil Roy
    Pages 185-192
  12. Paediatric Perspectives

    • Jerry Oakes, Dominic Thompson
    Pages 193-207
  13. Veterinary Aspects

    • Clare Rusbridge
    Pages 209-230
  14. Pregnancy

    • James van Dellen
    Pages 231-235
  15. Pain Management

    • Jan Keppel Hesselink
    Pages 237-259
  16. The Biochemistry of Syringomyelia

    • Andrew Brodbelt
    Pages 261-278
  17. Patient Perspectives

    • Graham Flint
    Pages 279-288
  18. Medicolegal Aspects

    • Sid Marks, Graham Flint
    Pages 289-300

About this book

Syringomelia is a relatively rare clinical entity in which fluid-filled cavities develop within the spinal cord. Although modern imaging technologies usually permit an accurate diagnosis at an early stage, syringomyelia remains an enigmatic condition that continues to fascinate neurosurgeons, neurologists and other specialists.


This reference monograph provides an up-to-date account of the present state of understanding of syringomyelia and related disorders. The editors aim to document the best clinical practice in diagnosis and treatment and to provide clear guidance on how to reduce the incidence of severe outcomes. New challenges are addressed, including the appropriate management of the increasing number of apparently idiopathic syrinx cavities that are detected. In addition, controversies in current practice and directions for future research are fully discussed. Syringomelia will be an invaluable source of information for experts in the field, specialists in various related disciplines and other interested health care professionals.


  • Cerebrospinal fluid
  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Spinal cord
  • Syrinx
  • rehabilitation psychology


“This is a great textbook on syringomelia in children and adults. Etiology, mechanisms, biomechanical modeling, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and complications are described in depth for both the researcher and neurosurgeon alike. … The embryonic origins of neurulation and spinal cord differentiation are good also with some new insights.” (Joseph J. Grenier,, September, 2015)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Neurosurgery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Graham Flint

  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom

    Clare Rusbridge

About the editors

Graham Flint is a consultant neurosurgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, in the UK. In addition to running a busy general neurosurgical practice he has, for the past 15 years, run the specialist syringomyelia clinic there, which was established by the late Bernard Williams. He has accumulated extensive clinical experience in the management of syringomyelia and its related disorders in the adult population. Dr. Flint works closely with patient support groups and, in co-operation with the Ann Conroy Trust, established a network of syringomyelia specialists in the UK. With this group he organised the international symposium Syringomyelia 2007, held in Rugby, UK.  This was the predecessor of Syringomyelia 2010, held in Berlin. In addition to studying the outcome of surgical treatments for syringomyelia, he has a particular interest in the disturbances of CSF physiology that underlie the disorder. He has applied well-established physiological methods, used to measure disturbances of CSF circulation in general, to the study of syringomyelia in humans.

Clare Rusbridge is a veterinary neurologist who established the neurology/neurosurgery service at Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital in 1997. She qualified as a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in 1991 and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 1996, a European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology in 1998 and an RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology in 1999. Her PhD related t

o Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia in the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Rusbridge was Chair of the Education Committee of the European College of Veterinary Neurology. She is an Honorary Friend of the Ann Conroy Trust and a member of the British Syringomyelia Group. Dr. Rusbridge is a frequently invited international lecturer in the veterinary and human medicine fields. She has authored or co-authored many journal articles and book chapters and acts as a reviewer for a number of journals.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Syringomyelia

  • Book Subtitle: A Disorder of CSF Circulation

  • Editors: Graham Flint, Clare Rusbridge

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-540-72484-1

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-662-50129-0

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-642-13706-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVI, 345

  • Number of Illustrations: 54 b/w illustrations, 78 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Neurosurgery, Neurology, Neuroradiology, Surgical Orthopedics, Health Care

Buying options

USD 89.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-642-13706-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)