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I had chiari malformation surgery back in Oct, 2014 can this be the cause of me having seizures now? I never had them before the surgery.

I had chiari malformation surgery back in Oct, 2014 can this be the cause of me having seizures now? I never had them before the surgery.

Possible: Depending on the extent of the Chiari malformation and the surgery as well as any complications of the surgery, it is possibly related to your seizures. Please seek evaluation with your neurosurgeon as you likely need an MRI. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


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My wife has Chiari Malformation possibility empty cella and petty mall seizure and very strong depression she think she is going to die. ?

My wife has Chiari Malformation possibility empty cella and petty mall seizure and very strong depression she think she is going to die. ?

Chiari Malformation : The Chiari 1 malformation and the empty sella are asymptomatic and not related to the seizures or depression. A neurologist and psychiatrist working together can reduce or eliminate the seizures and depression. There is real hope for her to improve. ...Read more

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What causes arnold chiari malformation?

No one knows: Chiari described malformations of the cerebellum. Arnold added the defects in the brain associated with spina bifida. This became known as chiari type 2 or arnold chiari. There is kinking of the medulla and fourth ventricle, obstruction of the outlet of the fourth ventricle, peaking of brainstem, fusion of thalamus, as well as hydrocephalus and incomplete closure of spinal cord. ...Read more

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Can chiari malformation cause menieres diseaease?

Can  chiari malformation cause menieres diseaease?

No relationship.: No, arnold chiari malformation cannot cause meniere's disease. Meniere's disease is an inner ear disorder, whereas a chiari malformation is a brain condition. A chiari malformation occurs when the bottom of the brain (the brainstem) extends below the opening of the skull. ...Read more

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Can Chiari Malformation cause sudden onset of epilepsy?

Can Chiari Malformation cause sudden onset of epilepsy?

Not likely: Chiari malformation can be associated with syncope or fainting. epilepsy is unlikely caused by Chiari malformation. See a neruologist to assess cause of seizure like activity. ...Read more

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Can a chiari malformation of 5mm cause severe headaches every day?

Unlikely: 5 mm is borderline abnormal. Other causes of chronic daily headache may be considered such as chronic migraine. ...Read more

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What are causes of small fiber nueropathy? Can it progress fast? Can chiari malformation cause it?

What are causes of small fiber nueropathy? Can it progress fast? Can chiari malformation cause it?

Comments: Causes of small fiber neuropathy include diabetes, HIV, lupus, sarcoidosis, B-12 deficiency, Sjogren's, a variety of autoimmune conditions, and perhaps a few hereditary conditions, unreported in literature so far. There may well be a link with connective tissue disorders, such as Ehlers-Dalos, and some are associated with Chiari. All can be treated, but you need experienced doc. ...Read more

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What is pencilling of cerebellar tonsils in chiari malformation? What causes it?

What is pencilling of cerebellar tonsils in chiari malformation? What causes it?

Chiari malformation: A Chiari malformation is a situation where the cerebellar tonsils, two small structures at the base of the brain or forced through the hole at the base of the skull called the foramen magnum. The tonsils can developed a beak-like appearance or a "pencilling" due to the narrowed appearance on MR. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of arnold-chiari malformation?

Arnold-Chiari: There are acquired Chiari malformations but these are mostly due to a device placed in the lower back. Most cases are congenital meaning they are due to a malformation at the base of the skull that has been present since birth. ...Read more

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Do you think that berret's esophagus can be caused by arnold chiari malformation?

No they are not : Related to each other at all. However, if experiencing severe secondary symptoms to the arnold-chiari malformation in terms of GI like nausea and vomiting over an extended period of time it may or with chronic use of Aspirin or other non steroidal anti inflammatory medications to control symptoms like a headache then it is a possibility secondary to their use as well. ...Read more

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Is there a way to reduce tinnitus caused by Chiari malformation? Its my only troublesome symptom. Sometimes they ring bad sometimes it's very bearable

Is there a way to reduce tinnitus caused by Chiari malformation? Its my only troublesome symptom. Sometimes they ring bad sometimes it's very bearable

Muscle spasms: muscle spasms in the neck from any cause, including arnold chiari can cause ringing in the ears. The only semi reliable treatment I have found is botox. Surgery for the Arnold Chiari in my experience makes it worst. ...Read more

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Can chiari malformation cause burning sensation of the skin leading to rash?

Can chiari malformation cause burning sensation of the skin leading to rash?

No: A Chiari malformation cannot cause your rash. I would see your physician or a dermatologist determine the cause of your rash. ...Read more

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2 yrs ago, cerebellar tonsillar Herniation after tumor resection: can this cause Chiari Malformation? A lot of recurring symptoms like pre-resection.

2 yrs ago, cerebellar tonsillar Herniation after tumor resection: can this cause Chiari Malformation? A lot of recurring symptoms like pre-resection.

Imaging?: Recent imaging would be very helpful to clarify some of the symptoms that you currently display. Low-lying tonsils after a suboccipital craniectomy for tumor resection may suggest cerebellar sag not necessarily Chiari malformation. ...Read more

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Can Chiari Malformation cause unilateral eyelid/eyebrow drooping. The severity of drooping changes ?

Can Chiari Malformation cause unilateral eyelid/eyebrow drooping. The severity of drooping changes ?

Chiari: Can cause unilateral ptosis. But other conditions should be excluded (like Myesthenia Graviis ) I suggest you see a neurologist to sort this out. ...Read more

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Can decompression surgery for chiari malformation 1 relieve vision problems/issues (like blurry/double vision or seeing flashes) caused by chiari?

Can decompression surgery for chiari malformation 1 relieve vision problems/issues (like blurry/double vision or seeing flashes) caused by chiari?

Depends: The goal of Chiara surgery is to restore the normal pattern of CSF flow & thereby prevent further deterioration of the visual (& balance) symptoms of the ACM malformation. Whether this helps existing symptoms depends on how long those symptoms have been present, the type of surgery contemplated, it's success rate, age, & underlying factors. It's a question to ask the neurologist who knows you best ...Read more

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I have frequent headaches in the back of my head. Was diagnosed with mild chiari malformation. My doctor says that the chiari is not the cause?

I have frequent headaches in the back of my head. Was diagnosed with mild chiari malformation. My doctor says that the chiari is not the cause?

Chiari can cause HA: Richard, a Chiari malformation is a condition which is associated with a mild tendency toward "pinching" the cerebellum and brainstem in the back portion of the skull. Sometimes, if the "pinching" becomes more severe it can cause headaches by altering the flow of spinal fluid in and around the brain. A mild Chiari usually will not cause this, however. Consider asking to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Loud grinding sound in base of scull (neck) when turning head. Strong occipital headache. Have Ehlers Danlos. Is it chiari malformation? Other cause?

Loud grinding sound in base of scull (neck) when turning head.  Strong occipital headache. Have Ehlers Danlos. Is it chiari malformation? Other cause?

See your doctor : The grinding is generally a sign of digerati on in the facets, or neck joints. As an ED person, your ligaments which hold the bones in place are most likely lax, allowing excess movement. While,this could. Rear a chairing type malformation, I think arthritis is a more common answer. An X Ray will be telling ...Read more

Dr. James Goodrich
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Chiari Malformation (Definition)

A congenital condition where the connection between the brain and the ...Read more