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;
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;
- 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).