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Our Mission: Searching for better understanding, treatments, and cures for Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, neuropathic pain, spinal cord injury and related conditions.

June 2014 Updates on Syrinx Research Projects, Dr. Marcus Stoodley

It is a pleasure to provide an update on the progress we have been making with our syringomyeliaresearch work:

  1. Paper accepted for publication in Journal of Biomechanics (published)“Effects of fluid structure interaction in a three dimensional model of the spinal subarachnoidspace.” This paper examines the effect of interactions between the spinal cord and the surroundingcerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the normal situation and when there is narrowing of the fluid spacearound the... Read More

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A normal brain and spinal cord.
Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia.

What is Chiari Malformation?

Chiari I malformation is when the back of the skull is abnormally small. When this happens there is not enough room for the brain to fit in the skull properly and part of the brain is forced out of the skull into the spinal cord. Learn more

What is Syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia is a neurological disorder in which a cyst or cavity forms in the spinal cord. The cyst is called a syrinx and can expand and elongate over time, destroying the spinal cord. Learn more

What is Neuropathic Pain?

Neuropathic pain occurs when there is a malfunction in the part of the nervous system that tells the brain that tissue is injured. While there may be no injury to the tissue where the pain exists, the nervous system tells the brain that there is damage, causing pain. Learn more

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