Arachnoiditis ossificans and syringomyelia: a unique case report

J Clin Neurosci. 2000 Jan;7(1):66-8. doi: 10.1054/jocn.1998.0144.


A 62-year-old male presented with progressive quadriparesis. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spine revealed a spinal cord syrinx but failed to detect extensive arachnoiditis ossificans noted on insertion of a syringopleural shunt. A postoperative computed tomography scan clearly demonstrated the abnormality and its extent. We present a rare case of syringomyelia resulting from spinal arachnoiditis ossificans and review the relevant literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arachnoiditis / complications*
  • Arachnoiditis / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ossification, Heterotopic / complications*
  • Ossification, Heterotopic / diagnosis
  • Quadriplegia / etiology*
  • Radiography
  • Spinal Cord Diseases / complications*
  • Spinal Cord Diseases / diagnosis
  • Syringomyelia / diagnosis
  • Syringomyelia / etiology*
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging