The Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium

Syringomyelia is a debilitating neurological condition caused by accumulation of fluid within the spinal cord. While the cause is unknown, syringomyelia most often occurs in combination with Chiari I malformation, an abnormality involving the base of the brain and skull.

Syringomyelia frequently causes chronic pain and weakness or loss of sensation in the extremities. Left untreated, these symptoms may progress to paralysis. Bobby Jones, legendary golfer and co-founder of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, suffered paralysis from the relentless progression of this condition.  

Fortunately, the progression of syringomyelia is gradual and may be halted—and in some cases reversed—with early diagnosis and appropriate surgical treatment.

The Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium, a North American network of expert neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, was created to identify the best treatments for children suffering from syringomyelia. The goal of this Consortium is to help these children to enjoy their lives free of disability.