Other Names for this Disease
- Adhesive arachnoiditis
- Chronic arachnoiditis
- Spinal arachnoiditis
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The arachnoid can become inflamed because of an irritation from chemicals, infection from bacteria or viruses such as meningitis, as the result of direct injury to the spine, chronic compression of spinal nerves, or complications from spinal surgery or other invasive spinal procedures such as anesthesia drugs or testing dyes injected into the spine or arachnoid membrane.
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- Spinal Arachnoiditis. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM). 2004; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/dispomim.cgi?id=182950. Accessed 2/12/2010.