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A 20-year-old female asked:

I have an chiari malformation type 1. what symptoms would i have if i am not circulating enough csf? i have a mri in two weeks to see.

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Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Headaches: The most common effect would be headaches. You may also experience dizziness or a sense of imbalance.
Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Shoulder area numb: The lack of CSF flow around the chiari area is thought to raise the risk for a fluid collection inside the cervical spine called a syrinx. This can cause arm/hand symptoms with some numbness in a shawl pattern across the shoulder area. An MRI through your cervical spine should show this fluid collection if it is there. It can be followed after the chiari is decompressed usually resolving by itself.

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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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