Chiari malformation

What is Chiari malformation?

A Chiari malformation is when bottom part of the brain develops in the canal where your spinal cord starts and causes compression in this area because it is narrow.

Questions and answers on "Chiari malformation"

Is is possible for a 59 year old to have 'Chiari Malformation' that could have been over-looked or undiagnosed? And if so, could the symptoms slowly begin to increase without proper medical diagnosis and treatment? I have been suffering from unusual symptoms for some time now, (nausea, sudden headaches, dizziness, hearing problems, bad vision problems, very weak neck and arms) and it seems that all I am getting is shots in the neck, spine, and pill after pill. No one really has an answer for it except fibromyalgia. Then someone gave me this Mayo article on Chiari Malformation.

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Brief Answer:
It is possible.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

Chiari malformation develops as the skull and brain are growing during childhood, for this reason symptoms may not be present till adulthood.

Diagnosis is...

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My issuues in pain in my face, head, neck and running down my arms, i have had neck and head mris with nothing showing, the neurologist i saw put 6 noviacane shots in my head and 4 in my right shoulder, she has me on300mg of gabapentin 3 times a day and methocarbamol 500mg once a day at bed time it really doesnt help the pain makes me tired and dizzy so i end up napping which is the only time i have no pain

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Peripheral neuropathy should be assessed.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, I have gone through your question and understand your concerns.

In my opinion, peripheral neuropathy should be assessed as a possible cause of your symptoms, since head and neck MRI-s were negative.

Peripheral neuropathy...

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Mri showed a chiari malformation and a cavernous malformation. Talking with neurosurgeon in XXXXXXX Dr. XXXXXXX XXXXXXX Are you able to look at his experience and surgery success rate for chiari malformation? What are thoughts . My daughter has symptoms also. He is also reviewing her mri. Thanks

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Brief Answer:
Please upload MRI reports and DICOM images.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for asking me directly.

I have read your query and understand your concerns.

Please upload MRI results ( reports and possibly DICOM images ) of both of you in order to understand better the conditions and...

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Hi, I want to know if there is any possibility that I have a mild chiari malformation. I have had a cervical spine mri and it only mentioned vertebrae. Please can you check the image? I have headaches at the base of my skull frequently, neck pain, and get quite dizzy. It's driving me insane and I want to be sure that the issue is definitely posture and muscle related.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Doesn't look like Chiari but having full exam would be useful.

Detailed Answer:
I read your question carefully and I understand your concern.

I am not sure that one single jpg image is enough to definitely exclude Chiari. An MRI exam is composed of many slices and if the slice you...

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Hello. I would like someone to look at an Mri I had done recently to see if there is a Chiari Malformation. I recently had a CT scan done as a routine checkup as I have follicular nonhodgkins lymphoma and the report mentioned low lying cerebellar tonsils and crowded foramen magnum. I've been having symptoms of vertigo, unsteadiness, pain and pressure at the back of my head and neck, numbness of the hand and feet., weakness of the legs. insomnia and memory/concentration issues for a couple of months so an MRI was ordered. Any input would be greatly appreciated! thank you.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
MRI shows features of chiari malformation.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your symptoms and MRI report.

I agree that the MRI shows features of Chiari malformation and all your symptoms can be explained on the basis of MRI findings.

You should...

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Brief Answer:
Not a risk I would be ready to take if I were your physician

Detailed Answer:
Hello ma'am and welcome.

Thank you for writing to us.

I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help. From all the years spent during my residency, this was...

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My son is 12 years old and he has diagonied with Charaimal formation type 1 for last three years. We are regularly going for checking and taken MRI. But there no chaangesin body and Dr. Has advised for wait and watch policy. Once in a year we e doing MRI. Pl let me know what r possibilitiesfor doing surgery. Till how many years the skull will grow

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Your son may not require surgery.

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your son's diagnosis.

I would like to reassure that he may not require surgery. The complications in Chiari malformation type I is very rare, and surgery is almost never needed....

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Did I get my chari malformation from my Lyme disease

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
No, but symptoms may be similar.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, I have gone through your question and understand your concerns.

Chiari malformation is a congenital malformation of cranial posterior fossa.

Lyme disease or borreliosis is an infective disease caused by bacteria ( Borrelia)....

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I was diagnosed with XXXXXXX chiaroscuro malformation in my twenties and now am 59 years old and have neck and headaches with tingling in hands and feet , dizziness, on and on ...too old for treatment?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Not too old to be treated.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

First is necessary a craniocervical MRI to evaluate the degree of Chiari malformation and its associated possible complications (syringomyelia,...

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i had a mri done and it shows i have post surgical changes are suspected at the cranial cervical junction of which the cerebellar tonsils extend approximately 1.2 cm below the foramen magnum. what does this mean?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Detailed answer below.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, I had gone through your question and understand your concerns.

Extended cerebellar tonsils below foramen magnum 1.2 cm instead of 5 cm before surgery means that your headache and dizzynes probably have another cause instead of recurrence...

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hi my name is Denise and 3 years ago I had a Chiari Malformation decompression. 6 weeks later I had to go back in for another operation because alot of fluid was building up and I had a big bulge on the back of my head. I have been suffering with balance problems dizziness and fainting spells ever since. I recently discovered that the left side of my medulla is being pressed by an artery and also that the cerebellar tonsils are falling below the crainiotomy. I need you help in understanding what all this means.

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I think that I may have had seizures in my sleep. Most recently, I awoke to my entire body jerking like someone was repeatedly shocking me. I was fully aware, but could not do anything about it. This has happened a couple times before in the past few years. It lasts about a few seconds up to a minute and then when it is over, I usually roll over and fall back asleep because I am so exhausted. I was recently diagnosed with a very mild chiari malformation with some symptoms of dizziness and body weakness. I am extremely healthy otherwise.

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My skin turns bright red in splotches like a sunburn . I feel like I am burning from the inside out. I have systemic swelling. This has been going on since my last cervical fusion in March. I have extreme fatigue , loss of appetite , nausea when eating, blurred vision and dizziness . I have pain on my left side under the rib cage with any pressure. I was diagnosed with mono. However I had this when I was in college and I am now 47, so I am not sure if this DX is correct. The cervical fusions in Dec 2011 and March 2012 were due to a motor vehicle accident where I was rear ended and shoved into the cars in front of me. It was a 4 car pile up. I had had contant nausea and vomiting since 11/10/11 (the day of the accident) which disappeared after the March surgery. I have a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Chiari Malformation I. I had tethered cord syndrome for which I already had surgery. I also had 2 posterior fossa decompression for the Chiari. With the last decompression, I had a metal plate inserted in the back of my head and rods fused to C2 and C3. I also had a decompression done at L4/5 as the tethered cord surgery caused complications. I was doing great and finally getting back to work before the accident.

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I am 62 years old and have chiari malformation 1. I had a brain stem stroke 20 years ago with right side weakness that has not gone away. Lopressor has been prescribed for fast palpitations while at rest. I can't balance myself with the weakness and this drug. It doesn't stop the heart from fluttering. Maybe the Chiari and brain tonsils finally caused problems with my heart that drugs can't correct. Would that be possible?

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