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Surgical Options for Syringomyelia

I am a 40-year-old male who was diagnosed with syringomyelia over fifteen years ago and surgically treated with posterior fossa decompression.  No further progression of the disease had been observed until a few months ago, at which time I experienced numbness of the right fingers which persists as of this writing.  Temporary numbness of my right toes was also present for two days.

After reviewing updated MRI scans of the entire spine, my neurosurgeon recommended a subarachnoid shunt at C6 to reduce the syrinx running from C2 to T12.  He did caution that this procedure's highest risk factors are shunt failure and nerve damage.  He did not offer any alternatives.

Does anyone have any positive or negative comment on this course of action?    
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