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What is myelomalacia?

Feb 2014
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I have dignosed with suggestive of myelomalacia at cord c6-c7 level .. my questions are 1. What is myelomalacia? 2. What are the causes for developing this? 3. What are the effects? 4. How it can be treated? Regards, XXXX
Posted Thu, 20 Feb 2014 in Back Pain
Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta 2 hours later
Brief Answer: Softening of the spinal cord Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXXX Thanks for your query. Myelomalacia means softening of the spinal cord. It is caused by insufficient blood supply to the spinal cord, either as a result of bleeding or because of poor circulation. Most often occurs as a result of injury. It may lead to neurological problems, often related to muscle movement. Treatment is focused on preventing further damage. Possible treatments include spinal cord surgery and medication with steroids, which serves to relax spastic muscles, reduce pain, and reduce swelling of the spinal cord. Hope this will helps you.
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