In some people, syringomyelia can become a progressive disorder and lead to serious complications. In others, there may be no associated symptoms, and no intervention is necessary.

Complications that may occur as a syrinx enlarges or if it damages nerves within your spinal cord include:

  • Scoliosis — an abnormal curve of your spine
  • Chronic pain — damage to the spinal cord can cause severe, chronic pain
  • Motor difficulties — weakness and stiffness in your leg muscles can eventually affect your gait
Mar. 25, 2014