Circumferential decompression of the foramen magnum for the treatment of syringomyelia associated with basilar invagination

Frederic P. Collignon, Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol, William E. Krauss

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Abstract

Posterior fossa decompression utilizing suboccipital craniectomy and duraplasty remains the standard surgical treatment for Chiari-associated syringomyelia. In the presence of basilar invagination, anterior decompression, typically transoral odontoidectomy, or posterior decompression may be performed. We report two cases in which anterior and posterior (circumferential) decompression of the foramen magnum was used to treat cervical syringomyelia successfully. These cases demonstrate that circumferential decompression of the foramen magnum may be necessary in some cases of cervical syringomyelia associated with basilar invagination and Chiari malformation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-172
Number of pages5
JournalNeurosurgical Review
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Basilar invagination
  • Chiari I
  • Syringomyelia
  • Transoral odontoidectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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