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What are the symptoms of chiari malformation?

What are the symptoms of chiari malformation?

Sometimes nothing: Sometimes nothing, although seizures and headaches are possible. Depending on the severity weakness in the head and face, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, and nausea are also possible. ...Read more

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Chiari Malformation (Definition)

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What are the symptoms of arnold-chiari malformation?

What are the symptoms of arnold-chiari malformation?

Headaches/dizziness: Most common symptom is headache. Other symptoms can include dizziness, unsteady gait, double vision, and passing out episodes. The headaches can be worse if there is straining. ...Read more

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Could I have chiari malformation. What's the symptoms?

Headache: The most common symptoms of chairi i malformation is headache. There may be other associated symptoms such as imbalance or loss of sensation in the upper extremities. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an arnold chiari malformation?

What are the symptoms of an 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, and a spinal myelomeningocele (open spina bifida). Symptoms: lower extremity paresis, hydrocephalus, bowel/bladder control impairement, inability to indipendently ambulate. ...Read more

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Are flashes, like light, a symptom of chiari malformation?

Are flashes, like light, a symptom of chiari malformation?

No: Those symptoms are not typical at all of a chiari malformation. These would be more indicative of something with the eye, seizures, or migraines to name a few. ...Read more

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I've recently been diagnosised with chiari malformation and my symptoms are worse and getting new symptoms as well. So I be worried?

I've recently been diagnosised with chiari malformation and my symptoms are worse and getting new symptoms as well. So I be worried?

Vague question: Your question is too vague to offer specific advice. Chiari I is fairly common & often does not require surgery. However, you have hydrocephalus or a syrinx, some intervention may be necessary. Best advice: see a neurosurgeon to go over your MRI & provide a good physical exam. S/he will be in best position to offer specific advice/treatment. More info here: http://surgeonwriter.com/hydrolog/ ...Read more

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I have chiari malformation 1 and I have all the classic symptoms. Yet it is only 3mm. Should I get 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

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I have chiari malformation and one of my pupils is slightly larger than the other. Is that a typical symptom?

No: This is not a typical symptom of chiari malformation. It is normal to have one pupil very slightly larger than the other. This is called physiologic anisocoria. ...Read more

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Is it okay not to have surgery for a chiari malformation if there are no symptoms?

Is it okay not to have surgery for a chiari malformation if there are no symptoms?

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 more

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