What Is Dural Ectasia?

Q:
What is Dural ectasia?

A:
Dural ectasia (DE) refers to a widening or ballooning of the dural sac surrounding the spinal cord, which is one of the major manifestations of Marfans syndrome.

Causes

It’s believed that DE is associated with following diseases:

  • Marfans syndrome;
  • Genetic disorders like neurofibromatosis;
  • Connective tissue disorder, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome;
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta;
  • Vertebral fracture;
  • Trauma.

Symptoms

Symptoms of DE vary in individuals. Some people may have a widened dura but very few symptoms. Here are some common symptoms for reference:

  • Lower back pain;
  • Stress;
  • Fatigue;
  • Anxious mood;
  • Depressed mood.

Diagnosis

Taking magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine to DE diagnosis;

Treatments

Depending on different symptomatic expressions, treatments may vary from person to person:

  • Pain medications;
  • Surgical treatment.

If you have any problems, please consult your doctor.

Key words: Dural ectasia (DE); Marfans syndrome; genetic disorders; connective tissue disorder; magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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