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

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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What is chiari malformation type 1?

What is chiari malformation type 1?

A brain anamoly: A chiari 1 is a malformation where a small part of the brain (the cerebellar tonsils) descends into the spinal canal and compresses the spinal cord/brain stem. The early symptom are typically headaches. As time proceeds and in more severe descended chiari's, the symptoms can include numbness, weakness, unsteadiness, visual issues, nausea, etc. See physician for an exam and discussion of surgery. ...Read more

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How do you treat chiari malformation?

Surgery or nothing: These are treated with surgery on the base of the skull and sometimes the dura covering the brain and/or the upper cervical vertebrae. Each surgery is tailored to the individual depending on their symptoms and severity of the chiari malformation. The alternative for many chiari malformations is no surgery and no treatment. Many people require no intervention at all. ...Read more

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What's the arnold chiari malformation?

What's the arnold chiari malformation?

Chiary II.: Chiari ii malformation (cm-ii), also known as arnold-chiari malformation, is a fetal condition characterized by downward displacement of the cerebellar vermis and tonsils, a brainstem malformation with beaked midbrain on neuroimaging, and a spinal myelomeningocele (open spina bifida). ...Read more

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What is an arnold chiari malformation?

What is an arnold chiari malformation?

Result of ONTD.: Chiari ii malformation (cm-ii), also known as arnold-chiari malformation, is a fetal condition characterized by downward displacement of the cerebellar vermis and tonsils, a brainstem malformation with beaked midbrain on neuroimaging, and a spinal myelomeningocele (open spina bifida). The spinal defect is the etiology of the chiari ii malformation of the cerebellum and brainstem. ...Read more

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How is a chiari malformation diagnosed?

Check NIH: Check nih's "nationalinstitute of neurological disorders and stroke": http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/chiari/detail_chiari.Htm all the facts you need are there. ...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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What can be done for a chiari malformation?

Live with it or surg: You can live with it if it's not terrible and your symptoms are manageable. If you cannot live with your symptoms, then surgery may be the only option for you. See a neurosurgeon to have a full evaluation. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a chiari malformation?

What sort of disease is a chiari malformation?

Structural: That is a structural defect at the base of the brain / brainstem. It may be related to other problems such as spina bifida. ...Read more

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What are people with a chiari malformation like?

Depends: Chiari i malformations may have no symptoms or headaches. Other chiari malformations may possibly lead to a shortened life span (for instance due to respiratory failure). Chiari ii may also have paralysis below an associated chord malformation. Chiari iii and IV are more severe. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Chiari malformation?

What is the definition or description of: Chiari malformation?

Chiari Malformations: are a spectrum of congenital anomalies primarily affecting the cerebellum and associated structures. ...Read more

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What's a simple way to say what chiari malformation really is?

What's a simple way to say what chiari malformation really is?

Chiari: Chiari malformation is said to exist when the lowest part of the cerebellum of the brain (called the tonsils) extend below the foramen magnum (the hole in the base of the skull through which the spinal cord descend into the spine). In most cases this is of no consequence. However, minor or major symptoms are possible. This is almost always a congenital condition (you are born with it). ...Read more

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Could a chiari malformation come back?

Maybe: Addressing chiari 1 malformations, non-surgically treated cases can spontaneously remit and later return dependent upon factors relating to the degree of cerebellar tonsillar impaction into the upper cervical spinal canal. Operated cases may recur because brain prolapses through the surgical defect caused by the decompression the once again compress the upper cervical cord. ...Read more

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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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How safe is the surgery to fix a chiari malformation?

How safe is the surgery to fix a chiari malformation?

Moderately risky: Chiari decompression surgery is considered moderate risk surgery. In other words, its not like having your appendix or hernia repaired but its also not like having a complex brain tumor or aneurysm worked on either. The major risks of this surgery are severe (sometime chronic) neck pain, bleeding, infection, and a small risk of spinal fluid leak. The more scary risks (stroke) are very rare. ...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 to do if I have chiari malformation. help with pain?

What to do if I have chiari malformation. help with pain?

Neuro dr 4 options: Some CMs are asymptomatic and do not interfere with a person’s activities of daily living. In other cases, medications may ease symptoms, such as pain. Surgery is the only treatment available to correct functional disturbances or halt the progression of damage to the central nervous system. Most individuals who have surgery see a reduction in their symptoms and/or prolonged periods of relief. ...Read more

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Arnold chiari malformation, what constitutes a botched surgery?

Arnold chiari malformation, what constitutes a botched surgery?

Chiari surgery: Surgery for a chari malformation is rather straight forward - a "botched" surgery is rare, in some rare cases further surgery might be indicated if the symptoms are not resolved - this assumes there were no complications during the procedure. ...Read more

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What can I expect after the operation for a chiari malformation?

Post op: Some neck pain and stiffness. About 2-3 day hospital stay. Possibly a drain at surgical site for couple days. Comfortable by about 2.5 weeks. Resolution of symptoms. ...Read more