Baton Rouge, LA
A 24-year-old female asked:

Is it possible to have "slightly low lying cerebellar tonsils" without it being chiari malformation? that was a finding on mri but doc says no chiari

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 35 years experience
Yes,: I suppose so. Chiari malformations have specific findings. "Slightly low lying cerebellar tonsils" is a somewhat nebulous, nonspecific subjective description. It probably means that the tonsillar tip is below the foramen magnum but within the range of normal variation, but if you are concerned, talk to your doc about it.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Aug 1, 2022


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.