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Diagnosed w/cerebellar atrophy from MRI due to balance/memory issues.What tests can I expect next, and what are they looking for?44yr.Old non-drinker
Differential for CA: The differential diagnosis of later onset cerebellar atrophy can be hereditary, acquired, or degenerative. The acquired forms can be arrested or even treated and thus should be investigated. The investigation usually includes blood and possibly 24 hour urine evaluation. Sometimes the blood work is sent off to a specialty lab especially when the hereditary/paraneoplastic forms are being sought. ...Read more
Chiari malformation: The definition for chiari malformation is the presence of cerbellar ectopia of greater than 3 mm below the foramen magnum. Thus you fulfill at least part of the criteria for chiari 1 malformation. The key is the presence of symptoms. If present, then phase-contrast mr flow studieshave a role in determining whether symptomatic chairi malformation patients may benefit from surgical intervention. ...Read more
Tonsillar ectopia: The cerebellum is at the lower back of your brain, and is mainly responsible for motor coordination. The tonsils are at the midline of your cerebellum and sometimes they can extend a bit lower than normal. That's called tonsillar ectopia. They may be asymptomatic, or they could cause symptoms like headache, pain, and other neurologic symptoms. ...Read more
I had meningioma res., complications: a sah, hydrocephalus, cerebellar tonsillar herniation, and emergency craniotomy. What's my future hold?
Possible recovery: There is a very good chance of having a very good recovery. It depends on how much neurological injury was sustained and for how long. It seems that if you are able to type and communicate, that you have a very good chance for a near full recovery. Intense rehabilitation will help you improve tremendously. Without knowing your neurological deficits , it is difficult to say for certain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chiari 1: Tonsillar ectopia, slight descent of the cerebellar tonsils and Chiari I malformations, disorders observed in older children and adults and are believed to be an acquired form of the Chiari malformations. This entity is different from the other Chiari malformations in that hydrocephalus plays no role in its evolution ...Read more
What does it mean? My report says the report says there is mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia with tonsils extending 5mm through the foramen magnum
Chiari Malformation: Well at least one of the features is present. Low lying cerebellar tonsils are dipping into the foramen magnum which is the big hole at the base of the skull that allows the spinal cord to pass up to the brain. It means no more trampolines, bungee cord jumping or roller coaster rides for you. You don't want the cerebellar tonsils to be forced down further. Look up arnold chiari malformation, . ...Read more
I just had an MRI done and one impression says borderline cerebellar tonsillar ectopia. Do i need to be concerned?
No: It's a normal variation. No worriesGet a more detailed answer ›
Diagnosed with mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia, I am experiencing headaches while excercising. Should i be concerned?
Yes: I would see a neurologist as soon as possible. Particularly if you are having headaches. This could be a serious problem. ...Read more
Possible Chiari: This statement means that a portion of your cerebellum (the cerebellar tonsils) is sitting lower down than is normal. If your cerebellar tonsils are low lying they can sit in an opening in your skull and get pushed on by your skull. This condition is called a Chiari I malformation. it can also cause compression on the brainstem. People whose cerebellar tonsils sit 12 mm low tend to have symptoms. ...Read more
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