What are the possible complications of syringomyelia?

Updated: Nov 10, 2017
  • Author: Hassan Ahmad Hassan Al-Shatoury, MD, PhD, MHPE; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Myelopathy is the most serious consequence of syringomyelia. The following are the seven grade classifications of disability from myelopathy according to the Modified Nurick Classification.

  • Grade 0 - No root signs or symptoms

  • Grade I - Root signs or symptoms; no evidence of cord involvement

  • Grade II - Signs of cord involvement; normal gait

  • Grade III - Mild gait abnormality; able to be employed

  • Grade IV - Gait abnormality prevents employment

  • Grade V - Able to ambulate only with assistance

  • Grade VI - Chairbound or bedridden

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