Syringomyelia/Hydromyelia Clinical Trial
Phenotypes, Biomarkers and Pathophysiology in Syringomyelia
The aim of this study is to determine the clinical spectrum and natural progression of Syringomyelia (SM) and related disorders in a prospective single center study, identify digital, imaging and molecular biomarkers that can assist in diagnosis and therapy development and study the etiology and molecular mechanisms of these diseases.
Syringomyelia is a chronic central spinal cord injury, which is characterized by dilation of the central canal of the spinal cord. At present, the treatment of syringomyelia is mainly through surgical decompression to restore the disturbance of cerebrospinal fluid circulation. Due to the heterogeneity of the etiology of syringomyelia, almost all published studies on the clinical outcome and prognostic factors of syringomyelia are relatively limited, and most of them are retrospective. It is not clear which is the most reliable predictor of clinical outcome. Therefore, the researchers conducted this prospective cohort study to identify the occurrence, development and outcome of syringomyelia and determine the main prognostic factors through clinical scales, biomarkers and electrophysiology. At study visits a standardized clinical examination will be performed including application of clinical rating scales. At all study visits, patients will be asked to donate biosamples; biomaterial collection is optional and participants can elect to participate in sampling of blood, urine, CSF, and/or a muscle biopsy. Optionally, additional examinations may be performed including imaging, neurophysiological examination, analysis of patient or observer reported outcomes and analysis to characterize molecular biomarkers. ;