View Full Version : What is syringohydromyelia

7th December 2010, 04:34 PM
I saw online someone saying their cavalier had syringohydromyelia. What is it and how is it different from syringomyelia? I Googled it and Wikipedia came up but I didn't look at rod's cavierhealth website. Can someone explain in simple terms. Thanks

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7th December 2010, 04:43 PM
To the best of my knowledge they are both the same :p

7th December 2010, 04:59 PM
I think syringohydromyelia would include hydrocephalus (dilated ventricles, and central canal), which is pretty common in sm dogs. The two aren't different, just one includes an extra symptom, and is more descriptive.

Given the name, I can't imagine it would be used to describe anything else, but I've been wrong before).

7th December 2010, 06:32 PM
My understanding is that they are one and the same.

Margaret C
7th December 2010, 07:14 PM
Geoff Skerritt, one of the neurologists who first researched SM has always called the condition syringohydromyelia.( I believe 'hydro' means water )
Syringomyelia has become the term that is more commonly used, but they both describe the same condition.