Pronounced: SIR-veh-cal My-eh-LOP-ah-theeEn Español (Spanish Version)
Cervical myelopathy is damage to the part of the spinal cord that is in the neck. The cervical spine begins at the base of the skull. It extends to the first seven vertebrae.
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Cervical myelopathy is caused by:
- A slipped disk
- Cervical disks that are worn, known as degeneration
- Tumors inside the spinal cord or compressing on the spinal cord
- Bone spurs
- Dislocation or fracture of the neck
- Traumatic injury to the cervical spine
- Autoimmune disease, such as transverse myelitis, multiple sclerosis, or neuromyelitis optica
Last reviewedNovember 2013by Rimas Lukas, MD
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