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1. any functional disturbance or pathological change in the spinal cord; often used to denote nonspecific lesions, as opposed to myelitis.
2. pathological bone marrow changes. adj., adj myelopath´ic.
ascending myelopathy myelopathy that progresses along the spinal cord towards the head.
cervical myelopathy compression myelopathy of the cervical spinal cord, a common complication of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
compression myelopathy myelopathy due to pressure on the spinal cord, as from a tumor.
cystic myelopathy syringomyelia.
descending myelopathy myelopathy that progresses along the spinal cord towards the hips.
spondylotic cervical myelopathy myelopathy secondary to encroachment of cervical spondylosis upon a congenitally small cervical spinal canal.
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Myelopathy that ascends along the spinal cord toward the head.
See also: myelopathy
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