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How is arachnoiditis diagnosed?

Arachnoiditis can be diagnosed in any level of the spine and skull, with proper MRI studies and competent evaluation. For optimal imaging of the subarachnoid space and nerve roots a T2 weighted, high resolution scan is necessary. Axial views (cross-sections) at the suspected spinal level are important to demonstrate clumping of the nerve roots, and/or their attachment to the dural wall. The nerve roots that are affected clinically should be present in the same location as the arachnoiditis seen in MRI for a confident diagnosis.

 

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What is arachnoiditis? - Arachnoiditis is an inflammatory response of the arachnoid, one of three coverings, or meninges, that envelop the brain and spinal cord.
What causes arachnoiditis? - Arachnoiditis can be caused by certain infections that affect the spine such as meningitis, tuberculosis and syphilis.
What're the symptoms of arachnoiditis? - The symptoms of arachnoiditis include numbness, tingling, and a characteristic stinging and burning pain in the legs.
How is arachnoiditis diagnosed? - Arachnoiditis can be diagnosed in any level of the spine and skull, with proper MRI studies and competent evaluation.
What's the treatment for arachnoiditis? - Treatment of arachnoiditis consists of a combination of surgery and drug therapy. Anti-inflammatory and other drug therapy may be effective.
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