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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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Chiari Malformation (Definition)

Chiari malformation is a congenital condition where the connection between the brain and the ...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