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J R Soc Med. 1993 September; 86(9): 519–520.
PMCID: PMC1294098

Sensory loss in syringomyelia: not necessarily dissociated.


The pattern of sensory loss was assessed in 210 cases of syringomyelia. Dissociated sensory loss occurred in 49% of cases, indicating that its occurrence is not a necessary finding for the diagnosis of syringomyelia. Syringomyelia should be considered in the differential diagnosis of all cases of spinal cord disease.

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