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Spontaneous resolution of cervicothoracic spinal cord syrinx after significant weight loss
  1. David Painton Bray1,
  2. Georges Bouobda2,
  3. Nealen G Laxpati1,
  4. Matthew F Gary1
  1. 1Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  2. 2Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Painton Bray, Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA; dbray3{at}emory.edu

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Introduction

Syringomyelia or syrinx is a fluid-filled cavitation within the spinal cord that can produce symptoms of progressive myelopathy.1 Standard of care for large, symptomatic lesions involves direct surgical intervention. Here, we present a case of a woman who achieved spontaneous resolution of her cervicothoracic syrinx after significant weight loss.

Case presentation

A morbidly obese 42-year-old woman with body mass index (BMI) of 52 kg/m2 presented with months of progressive radiating pain to the hands. The patient described intermittent paresthesia and loss of temperature sensation in the left-greater-than-right hands. She had slight incoordination and weakness of the left hand, but was otherwise motor intact. She denied issues with gait instability or bowel/bladder incontinence. She had no antecedent history of trauma nor vision loss/symptoms of idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH).

MRI of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine without contrast revealed a large, cervical and thoracic syrinx, measuring 14 mm in the greatest diameter (figure 1). Notably, she had no Chiari malformation. MRI of the brain, cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine with contrast as well as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow imaging sequencing demonstrated no occult neoplasms, arachnoid webs, nor intracranial lesions.

Figure 1

Initial consultation MRI, before weight loss, year 2017. (A) MRI T2 without contrast of the cervical spine, sagittal reformat: reveals capacious T2 hyperintense signal …

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