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I have arnold chiari malformation type 1. I recently had corrective surgery. What are the possible side effects from that?

I have arnold chiari malformation type 1. I recently had corrective surgery. What are the possible side effects from that?

There are risks: With any brain surgery, there are risks or brain or nerve injury, bleeding, infection and even death in rare circumstances. Specific to chiari decompression, neck pain, CSF leak, and pseudomeningocele formation are also risks. ...Read more

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What is an arnold chiari type 11?

What is an arnold chiari type 11?

Chiari type II (2)?: Chiari malformations develop due to a decreased size in the back of the skull. Because there is not enough space for the brain to develop, a part of the brain called the cerebellar tonsils get pushed through through the hole where the spinal cord attaches to the brain. This results in increased pressure and development of "cysts" in the spinal cord. Chiari ii has additional brain&cord changes. ...Read more

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Is arnold chiari type 1 cured by surgery?

Is arnold chiari type 1 cured by surgery?

Depends on symptoms: Most patients with chiari i malformation have no symptoms, and don't need surgery. Findings that would require surgery include cranial nerve dysfunction, swallowing problems, arm or leg weakness, numbness, syrinx formation in the spinal cord. In this group of patients, surgery can help. You should be thoroughly evaluated by a neurosurgeon to see if you require treatment or just observation. ...Read more

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What is arnold chiari malformation type one?

What is arnold chiari malformation type one?

Mild malformation: AC type 1 involves low lying cerebellar tonsils. at the level of the foramen magnum. Usually asymptomatic and picked up as an incidental finding on work up for another condition. ...Read more

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What is the cure for arnold chiari malformation type 1?

What is the cure for arnold chiari malformation type 1?

Sometimes surgery: Chiari malformation type i neurological disorder where cerebellum (or more specifically the cerebellar tonsils), descends out of the skull into the spinal area, resulting in compression of parts of brain and spinal cord, and disruptsl flow of cerebrospinal fluid sxs include .Dizziness, muscle weakness, numbness, vision problems, headaches, problems of balance/ coordination.If severe maybe surgery ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with arnold chiari malformation type 2?

Depends.: Chiari ii malformation (cm-ii), also known as arnold-chiari malformation, is characterized by downward displacement of the cerebellar vermis and tonsils, a brainstem malformation with beaked midbrain on neuroimaging, and a spinal myelomeningocele. The prognosis depends on syndromic or not nature of the defect and quality of surgical repair. Meningitis is detrimental. Shorter life-span anticipated. ...Read more

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I have arnold chiari malformation type 2 with syrinx. I recently had re-exploration durap. What are the possible side effects from that?

Recurrence: Hopefully everything works out for you. But if there is a problem with sealing of the patch leaks and swelling can develop.This fluid can cause compression of the brain stem.You should talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is arnold chiari malformation type one a neural tube defect?

No: The more accepted term is chiari malformation as arnold-chiari is an older term. This type of malformation is not a neural tube defect, but rather an abnormal migration of the cerebellar tonsils below the level of the foramen magnum (chiari type 1). This defect is attributed to a congenitally small posterior fossa, thus allowing the cerebellar tonsils to migrate downward. ...Read more

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Constant headache having three vertebrae fused c4/5 thru c6-7 also told I have Arnold chiari type 1. Will the headaches get better after surgery?

Constant headache having three vertebrae fused c4/5 thru c6-7 also told I have Arnold chiari type 1.  Will the headaches get better after surgery?

Yes, if CSF blocked: Arnold Chiari malformations can block the flow of CSF, leading to high intracranial pressure & headaches. If the surgery is able to restore proper flow to the CSF, then the headaches should get better. However, it depends on the type of surgery, so it's best to discuss your concerns with the Neurosurgeon & get a second opinion if needed. Good Luck. Remember HealthTap Prime! ...Read more