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Shunt inserted in spine. What is the long term effects of hydromyelia?

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What is the long term effects of Hydromyelia. Is it fatal or progressive? A shunt has been inserted to her spine, she continues to have pain both legs are paralysed
Posted Wed, 24 Apr 2013 in Brain and Spine
Answered by Dr. Piyush Ostwal 2 hours later
Thanks for the query.
Hydromyelia by itself is generally not fatal. It causes problems by expanding and destroying nerves of the spinal cord around the cavity of hydromyelia. It is progressive disease in most of the cases and shunt surgery is aimed at stopping or slowing the progression of the cavity. In long term her paralysis may increase and it may extend to involve arms and hands also (though very very slowly over many years). The pain needs to be taken care of with medications. Apart from that physiotherapy and prevention of complications due to bed-bound condition is most important.
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