What is it?

Arachnoiditis is an inflammation of the arachnoid, which is one of the membranes surrounding the spinal cord. It could be caused due to irritation from chemicals, infection, injury, compression on the nerves or complications from surgery or a spinal procedure. If the inflammation creates scar tissue and adhesion it may affect the function of the nerves.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Adhesive arachnoiditis

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, stinging and burning pain in the backs and legs. It could also affecy bladder, bowel and sexual function. In severe cases it could cause paralysis of the legs.


Diagnosis is hard to do, and is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include CT scan or MRI.


Treatment may include pain relievers, physical therapy, and psychotherapy to deal with the pain. Surgery is usually not recommended,

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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