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Recently found through mri that i have a chiari malformation just wondering if this condition always gets progressively worse or if i can live with it?

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Usually stable: Chiari malformation can be minimal and asymptomatic throughout life, incidentally found on an MRI done for another reason, or it can be significant and require surgery. It usually remains stable in each individual. A well founded discussion can be found here: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chiari/detail_chiari.htm#281473087

Answered 5/16/2015

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Not all progress: Not all chiari malformations cause progressive problems. Early signs are recurrent headaches. If this is an issue, contact a neurologist or neurosurgeon.

Answered 6/5/2015

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