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Severe pain, post C4-5 fusuion.MRI shows encephalomalacia. What does it mean?

Just heard back from my dr., who says that my MRI shows I have Encephalomalacia???? I ve been researching it and it seems to be all about the brain. I ve already had C4-5 fusion and also C5-6-7. Now I m having the same symptoms that I had before my previous surgeries. Neurosurgeon appt. is not until Dec. 20th and I m in extreme pain. Just wondering what this Encephalomalacia is??? YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Fri, 30 Nov 2012
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Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

Yes, you are correct, encephalomalacia is regarding the brain. This is not an active disease, but suggests a remote problem in the brain. It is the damaged part of brain due to a disease, which has happened several months or years before. The common causes could be a brain stroke, head injury or brain infections.

Encephalomalacia is not dangerous and is usually asymptomatic. In some cases, it can lead to seizures.

Usually, no treatment is required for encephalomalacia. If seizures occur, then, anti-epileptic drugs may be required. Definitely, no surgery is required for this.
I hope it helps. Please get back if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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Answered: Fri, 1 Nov 2013
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