Turkish Neurosurgery 2007 , Vol 17 , Num 3
Idiopathic Recurrent Transverse Myelitis With Syringomyelia: A Case Report
Olcay ESER1, Mehmet YAMAN2, Murat COŞAR3, Bülent PETİK4
1,3Afyon Kocatepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Neurosurgery Department, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
2Afyon Kocatepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Neurology Department, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
4Adiyaman State Hospital, Radiology Department, Adiyaman, Turkey
Idiopathic transverse myelitis is a monophasic demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS) and its recurrence is a rare entity. Existence of syringomyelia in the spinal cord in inflammatory CNS disease is not usually encountered. This case study describes a 45-year-old man who was admitted with features of a cervical demyelinating disease. The history of the patient indicated that this could be a recurring attack. Cervical MRI and laboratory examination of the patient showed evidence of recurrent transverse myelitis. The patient was managed with medical therapy. The follow-up cervical MRI of the patient 2 years later indicated syringomyelia in the cervical cord. Keywords : Multiple sclerosis, Spinal cord, Transverse myelitis
Corresponding author : Olcay Eser, drolcayeser@hotmail.com