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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.
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Clinical exam, MRI: A thorough evaluation and clinical exam can assess for symptoms of chiari. If there is suspicion, an MRI of the cranio-cervical junction will confirm the diagnosis. Dynamic MRI with cine can show the lack of cerebrospinal fluid pulsations. At times, chiari is being identified on MRI in a patient with no symptoms. A neurosurgeon should be consulted regarding any need of treatment.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of chiari malformation?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Sometimes nothing: Sometimes nothing, although seizures and headaches are possible. Depending on the severity weakness in the head and face, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, and nausea are also possible.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What should I do if I suspect I have chiari malformation?

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Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Get evaluated: Chiari malformation diagnosis requires a head and cervical MRI without contrast. In confirmed cases, a lumbar MRI can assess for a tethered spinal cord which may need to be released at some point. The most common symptom is headache but dizziness, balance problems, and tingling in arms/hands can also occur.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Are there stages of chiari malformation?

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Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Neurology 23 years experience
Yes: There are different classes of arnold charred malformation.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between arnold chiari malformation and chiari malformation?

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Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Neurology 23 years experience
Same: No difference, in short form people call as chiari malformation.

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