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how is a chiari malformation diagnosed?

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Dr. Ario Kiarash
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Check NIH: Check nih's "nationalinstitute of neurological disorders and stroke": http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/chiari/detail_chiari.Htm all the facts you need are there.
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Head MRI: Head MRI will most clearly show the chiari. A cervical spine MRI can also show the chiari and any associated fluid collection in the spinal cord.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How is the chiari malformation diagnosed and evaluated?

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Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Neurology 23 years experience
Imaging study: By clinical examination and imaging studies like mri.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

I saw a doctor who diagnosed chiari malformation. Now he wants to do treatment. I suspect he is churning. What is significance of the condition?

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Churning?: Treatment of chiari malformations is surgical. These are usually surgical if the patient has specific headaches, difficulty swallowing, weakness, or hydrocephalus along with other symptoms. I'm not sure quite what you mean by churning but if you're uncomfortable with your neurosurgeon, please seek another opinion. Remember that we are here to help you and you should feel that from your surgeon.
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A 28-year-old female asked:

I was just recently diagnosed with a mild chiari malformation by my doctor. How quickly can a mild chiari malformation progress further or does it?

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Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
It wont: Chiai malformation is seen in 10 percent of patients. And in fact if you have only the mild type you might ask how many mm does your tonsils project below the foramen magnum. Some readers only call it a real aci if it projects 10 mm below. Some readers call it at 5mm. So you should ask your doctor.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Progression during childhood, while the spine & bone structures are growing will sometimes occur, not after these structures are finished
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have been diagnosed with a 5mm chiari one malformation - is this thing serious?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Chiari malformation: A 5mm herniation in a chiari is borderline from a radiological point of view, what is more important is are you have symptoms from the chiari that would it more likely you would need surgery. A consultation with a neurosurgeon would likely be the best option if you want to find out more.
A 41-year-old member asked:

I was just diagnosed with chiari 1 malformation is it serious?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Chiari malformation: A chiari 1 malformation can be totally benign and found on an mr for another reason or it can be symptomatic with headaches, dizziness, walking problems, swallowing issues among other findings. A consultation with a neurosurgeon can determine whether the chiari is symptomatic and whether one should seek treatment.

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