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Is it Chiari malformation and psoriatic arthritis connection?

I am a 43 year old male. I recently had an MRI for tinnitus ear ringing in my right ear which I have had for six months consistently. The MRI showed an 8mm tonsillar herniation consistent with chiari malformation. The ENT who ordered the MRI did not think any thing of it. I have recently been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis for which I have the classic symptoms joint pain (several years), joint swelling, popping joints and mild psoriasis (20+ years). My question is is it possible that there is a connection between chiari malformation and psoriatic arthritis?
Thu, 11 Aug 2011
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Radiologist 's  Response
Hi,
welcome to HCM.com.
First of all, the chiari malformation that was picked up on your MRI may be just an incidental finding. If it is not causing you severe symptoms, there maybe nothing to worry about. Most commonly this may present as some headache and dizziness.
According to me, there is no connection with your psoriatic arthritis for which you should consult a dermatologist who will start you on some tablets.
If however you do develop symptoms like weakness, blurred vision or any other disturbing symptom, it is worth getting your Chiari malformation looked into by a neurologist.
Wish you good health and take care.
Regards,
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it can cause throat pain back pain neck pain numbness of the extremities floaters in your vision. hangover like symptoms (but with the headache at the brain stem) also lack of ballence. with all that i dont think joint pain is that far off basically it can mess with anything having to do with the nervous system
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