What Is Dural Ectasia?

What is Dural ectasia?

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.


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 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.


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


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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