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Chiari Malformation Symptoms After Surgery
I have chiari malformation 1 and I have all the classic symptoms. Yet it is only 3mm. Should I get surgery?
Neurological : symptoms guide the decision that surgery is needed, not the length of the lesion. Pressure from the cerebellum on the spinal cord or lower brainstem can cause neurological signs & symptoms. See www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chiari-malformation/basics/definition/con-20031115. Seek a neurosurgical opinion if you are hesitant. ...Read more
Absolutely: A chiari 1 malformation is not a dangerous condition. It is usually found incidentally during the workup for a headache. The only reason to have surgery is to relieve symptoms, and often the symptoms and the chiari are unrelated so surgery doesn't help. If you do not have symptoms, then you absolutely should not have surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Typically, asymptomatic chiari type-1 malformations are not recommended to undergo a sub-occipital decompression unless there are other associated findings. In children, if there is associated hydrocephalus, or a cervical region syringomyelia, a sub-occipital decompression may be indicated. This is to prevent future neurological decline. ...Read more
If I have chiari malformation 1 and my spinal Mri came up negative do I still need surgery? I have symptoms just nothing wrong with my spinal fluid
Neurological : symptoms guide the decision that surgery is needed. Pressure from the cerebellum on the spinal cord or lower brainstem can cause neurological signs & symptoms. Read all the pages on www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chiari-malformation/basics/definition/con-20031115. Seek a 2nd pediatric neurosurgical opinion if you are hesitant. ...Read more
I have chiari malformation and we found this on an mri. Another mri for the spine and no fluid was blocked. My symptom get worse. Do I need surgery?
Neurosurgery always : sounds scary. In truth, current minimally invasive techniques have remarkably low risk in the hands of pediatric and adult neurosurgeons. And that's who you need to ask, because the decision is not based on the size, or length, of the Chiari malformation, it's based on symptoms that interfere with a person's daily functioning. Review your MRI's with the neurosurgeon at your first consult. ...Read more
Yes: Many people go through life completely unaware they have chiari malformation until they get their head and neck imaged for an unrelated injury. Good to know, but doesn't necessarily require surgery. If you need a spinal tap, then things get a bit murky so put it on your med history anyway. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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