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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 347-348

Gastrointestinal transit scintigraphy in a case of syringomyelia

Department of Nuclear Medicine, Complejo University Hospital, Badajoz, Spain

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Dr. Jose Rafael Infante
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario De Badajoz, Carretera De Portugal s/n, E-06080, Badajoz
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DOI: 10.4103/ijnm.IJNM_101_19

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Syringomyelia is a rare degenerative disease affecting the spinal cord and brain stem causing progressive neurological dysfunction. The presence of gastrointestinal symptoms in these patients is common, although references related to nuclear medicine imaging procedures in this pathology are limited, focusing on the study of gastric emptying. We present a 47-year-old male patient diagnosed with syringomyelia and persistent digestive symptoms who underwent gastrointestinal transit scintigraphy to assess the extent of dysmotility. Liquid gastric emptying and small-bowel transit were normal. Large bowel showed poor activity in descending and rectosigmoid colon, being compatible with generalized slow colon transit.

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