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Dr. Jennifer Berkeley
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Chiari Syndrome (Overview)

Chiari syndrome is a rare disease in which the veins of the liver are narrowed and obstructed. The cause of Chiari syndrome is often unknown. Individuals will usually have symptoms of abdominal pain and the feeling of excess fluid building up in their abdominal area.


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What sort of disease is chiari syndrome?

What sort of disease is chiari syndrome?

Three types: Chiari malformations come in three types (i, ii, and iii). Type i is, by far, the most common. There is a hole at the bottom of the skull where the spinal cord exits (the foramen magnum). If the back part of the skull is not large enough to house the cerebellum, the lower portion of the cerebellum can push through the foramen magnum and into the spinal canal - this is a chiari i malformation. ...Read more

Dr. Jennifer Berkeley
41 doctors shared insights

Chiari Syndrome (Overview)

Chiari syndrome is a rare disease in which the veins of the liver are narrowed and obstructed. The cause of Chiari syndrome is often unknown. Individuals will usually have symptoms of abdominal pain and the feeling of excess fluid building up in their abdominal area.


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What are the symptoms of chiari syndrome?

What are the symptoms of chiari syndrome?

Headache: Most have no symptoms- it's usually found incidentally. When severe enough, it can be associated with weakness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, and other symptoms like those with hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Checklist)

Visit your medical provider for accurate diagnosis
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Take pain medications as directed
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Use proper posture when performing tasks
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My doctor diagnosed me with chiari syndrome. Just checking - what's the best treatment.?

My doctor diagnosed me with chiari syndrome. Just checking - what's the best treatment.?

CHIARI-1: When talking about chiari syndrome, usually it means type one which is the commonest type and usually diagnsed incidentally when brain MRI is done to work up for headache.It is an elongation of cerebellar tonsil which is the central part of cerebellum, if it measures less than 4-6 mm below the foramen magna, it stays assymptomatic, or it can cause headache, dizziness, sleep apnea and unsteadiness. ...Read more

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Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Checklist)

Learn about your condition
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Md wants to treat chiari syndrome. What if I don't?

Md wants to treat chiari syndrome. What if I don't?

No need to treat: A chiari malformation type 1 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 the surgery doesn't help. If your symptoms are manageable, then i would avoid surgery. ...Read more

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Best way to cure budd chiari syndrome?

Best way to cure budd chiari syndrome?

Meds then surgery: Patients with budd chiari can try diuretics, salt restriction, and even anticoagulation but usually they end up needing a way to bypass for the occluded hepatic veins. The first option is usually a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt. ...Read more

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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
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