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What's the treatment for arachnoiditis?

Treatment of arachnoiditis consists of a combination of surgery and drug therapy. Surgical removal of the accumulation of

foreign fluids from the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord may be helpful in some cases, especially if pressure develops. Anti- inflammatory and other drug therapy may improve muscle spasms, headaches, vision loss and other symptoms of the disease. Conservative therapy such as pain management is generally recommended. In patients whose case is progressive, surgery is not very effective because scar tissue continues to develop. Also, surgery exposes the already irritated spinal cord to additional trauma. Pain medications such as NSAIDs, corticosteroids (orally or injected), anti-spasm drugs, anti-convulsants (to help with the burning pain), and in some cases, narcotic pain relievers. Some of these medications may be administered through an intrathecal spinal pump which, when implanted inside the body and under the skin, can administer medication directly into the spinal cord. For most patients, arachnoiditis is a disabling disease causing pain that is difficult to manage. As the disease progresses, some symptoms may increase and become permanent. Few people with this disorder are able to continue working. In some cases, progressive paraplegia may occur.

More information on arachnoiditis

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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