Arachnoiditis

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Arachnoiditis

Arachnoiditis describes a pain disorder caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid, one of the membranes that surround and protect the nerves of the spinal cord. The arachnoid can become inflamed because of an irritation from chemicals, infection from bacteria or viruses, as the result of direct injury to the spine, chronic compression of spinal nerves, or complications from spinal surgery or other invasive spinal procedures. Inflammation can sometimes lead to the formation of scar tissue and adhesions, which cause the spinal nerves to ÒstickÓ together. If arachnoiditis begins to interfere with the function of one or more of these nerves, it can cause a number of symptoms, including numbness, tingling, and a characteristic stinging and burning pain in the lower back or legs. Arachnoiditis is difficult to treat and long-term outcomes are unpredictable.
 

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The terms "Arachnoiditis" returned 48 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Adhesive arachnoiditis in mixed connective tissue disease: a rare neurological manifestation.
 

Author(s): Maria Usman Khan, James Anthony Joseph Devlin, Alexander Fraser

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The overall incidence of neurological manifestations is relatively low among patients with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). We recently encountered a case of autoimmune adhesive arachnoiditis in a young woman with 7 years history of MCTD who presented with severe back pain ...

Last Updated: 17 Dec 2016

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Familial adhesive arachnoiditis associated with syringomyelia.
 

Author(s): V Pasoglou, N Janin, M Tebache, T J Tegos, J D Born, L Collignon

Journal: AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2014 Jun;35(6):1232-6.

 

Adhesive arachnoiditis is a rare condition, often complicated by syringomyelia. This pathologic entity is usually associated with prior spinal surgery, spinal inflammation or infection, and hemorrhage. The usual symptoms of arachnoiditis are pain, paresthesia, and weakness of the ...

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2014

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Postlumbar puncture arachnoiditis mimicking epidural abscess.
 

Author(s): Mehmet Sabri Gürbüz, Baris Erdoğan, Mehmet Onur Yüksel, Hakan Somay

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Lumbar spinal arachnoiditis occurring after diagnostic lumbar puncture is a very rare condition. Arachnoiditis may also present with fever and elevated infection markers and may mimic epidural abscess, which is one of the well known infectious complications of lumbar puncture. We ...

Last Updated: 7 Nov 2013

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The terms "Arachnoiditis" returned 5 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Flexible endoscopy in surgical treatment of spinal adhesive arachnoiditis and arachnoid cysts].
 

Author(s): A A Kashcheev, S O Arestov, A O Gushcha

Journal: Zh Vopr Neirokhir Im N N Burdenko. 2013 ;77(5):44-54; discussion 54-5.

 

Thecaloscopy is less invasive exploration of spinal subarachnoid space with ultra-thin flexible endoscope and endoscopic fenestration of scars and adhesions. Thecalopscopy was used in Russian neurosurgery at the first time. Since 2009 we operated 32 patients with following diagnosis: ...

Last Updated: 25 Feb 2014

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Severe adhesive arachnoiditis resulting in progressive paraplegia following obstetric spinal anaesthesia: a case report and review.
 

Author(s): T Killeen, A Kamat, D Walsh, A Parker, A Aliashkevich

Journal: Anaesthesia. 2012 Dec;67(12):1386-94.

 

A 27-year-old woman developed severe adhesive arachnoiditis after an obstetric spinal anaesthetic with bupivacaine and fentanyl, complicated by back pain and headache. No other precipitating cause could be identified. She presented one week postpartum with communicating hydrocephalus ...

Last Updated: 7 Nov 2012

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Syringomyelia and arachnoid cysts associated with spinal arachnoiditis following subarachnoid hemorrhage.
 

Author(s): Shunsuke Ishizaka, Kentaro Hayashi, Munehiro Otsuka, Shuji Fukuda, Keishi Tsunoda, Ryujiro Ushijima, Naoki Kitagawa, Kazuhiko Suyama, Izumi Nagata

Journal: Neurol. Med. Chir. (Tokyo). 2012 ;52(9):686-90.

 

A 66-year-old woman with primary Sjogren syndrome developed syringomyelia following two episodes of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) due to the rupture of basilar artery aneurysms. Gait disturbance and abnormal sensation with pain over the foot and abdomen appeared 3 years after the ...

Last Updated: 25 Sep 2012

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