What is the role of suboccipital and cervical decompression in the treatment 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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This operation includes suboccipital craniectomy; laminectomy of C1, C2, and sometimes C3; and duraplasty. [12, 13]

Some authors report microsurgical lysis of any adhesions, opening of the fourth ventricular outlet, and plugging of the obex (later steps are based on Gardner's hydrodynamic theory).


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