Is syringomyelia serious?

Some people with syringomyelia never develop symptoms or complications. In very rare cases, cysts formed by this disorder will disappear without any treatment at all. In other people, syringomyelia may lead to severe pain and permanent damage to the spinal cord and nervous system. Serious complications from this condition include scoliosis, which is a curving of the spine, and Horner syndrome, which results in damage to the sympathetic nerves running from a person's brain to their eyes and face.

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Brain and Nervous System

A healthy brain and nervous system regulate your body functions so you can have full command over your senses, muscles, and intelligence. Despite the amazing capacities of the human brain and nerves, they are vulnerable to damage ...

just like every other part of our bodies. Strokes, concussions, Alzheimers and many other brain problems affect about 50 million Americans. The multitude of brain injuries and illnesses strike different people based on the risk factors of their genetics, age and lifestyle. The severity of impairment and the availability of treatment vary widely. Knowledge of brain and nerve health has advanced rapidly in recent decades. Many new treatments and medicines are available to treat various disorders. Still, the best thing for your brain is to keep it physically and mentally active while eating nutritious food and getting plenty of social interaction.

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