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Chiari malformation: Over the years there has been a good deal of discussion about heredity. There have been reported families with more than one family member having a chiari - in my own practice the pressence of multiple family members with chiari has been quite rare. ...Read more
Incomplete question: This site can provide valuable incite for many issues if you use it properly. When you submit a question, you must provide enough background information for site docs to review.Like what malformation you are talking about. This is not a chat room, so any question must be complete,We do not have access to any previous question or data you use to sign up. ...Read more
Neurologist can help: The circle of willis, or willis polygon, is a ring of arteries (blood vessels carrying fresh oxygenated blood) that supply blood to the brain. Whether or not a malformation there causes problems depends on things such as where the abnormal artery is, is it too big or too small, is there still adequate blood flow through alternate arteries, etc... An angiogram can give a details of the arteries. ...Read more
Have malformation type 1 with 8 mm hernniatination. I have in serious pain emergancy room dr said there Is nothing they can do. Please help.
They are correct: Definitive treatment for a Chiari malformation has to be neurosurgical so they are not telling you an untruth. Perhaps, they could choose the medication they are going to suggest for the component of the pain but that's to the discretion and judgment of each physician who sees you and has to decide what to do conservatively while you look for a surgeon to take care of the problem once and for all ...Read more
Unusual: Some CMs are asymptomatic and do not interfere with a person’s activities of daily living.Medications may ease symptoms, such as pain.Surgery, only treatment available to correct functional disturbances or halt the progression of damage to the central nervous system. Most who have surgery see reduction in their symptoms and/or prolonged periods of relief. More serious with syringomyelia assoc. ...Read more
When the embryo's forebrain does not divide to form bilateral cerebral hemispheres (the left and right halves of the brain), it causes defects in the development of the face and in brain structure and function.
In less severe cases, babies are born with normal or near-normal brain development and facial deformities that may affect the eyes, nose, and upper lip.The condition can be mild or severe. ...Read more
AVMs is general term: The word "arteriovascular" malformations could mean just arterial malformations or perhaps you are referring to arteriovenous malformations (avms) which occur arteries are connected directly to veins without any capillaries in between. The symptoms they cause (no symptoms, pain, bleeding, etc.) and how worrisome they are depends on their size and location. ...Read more
How is an AV malformation of the scrutum usually treated, it's rare I know but I am dreading surgery and really scared, please help! ?
Surgically: It is very rare.Treatment is surgical. I am sure the surgeon will be very careful. Good luck. ...Read more
Hello, I'm 23 and recently by accident found out I have chair malformation type 0 I'm very scared is something serious that is going to ruin my life?
Chiari malformation?: this is a complex disorder of the brainstem/base of skull that connects to the spinal cord and can be narrowed from congenital malformation, varies from symptomatic to none,[headaches ect.] your form type 0 is controversial based on no hernaition of the cerebellar tonsils[part of brain base] thru the opening into the spinal cord from base of skull[foramen magnum; probably ok,see neurosurgeon ...Read more
The tip or bottom of the cerebellum, the posterior brain controlling coordination, may extend be too low, and lie behind the spper spinal cord where it can get pinched.
Chiari is graded according to severity. Wickipedia has a good article on chiari malformation listing the grading. ...Read more
Can be symptomatic: Chiari malformation type i is 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 disrupts normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid.Type ii involves extension of both cerebellar and brain stem tissue into the foramen magnum. Associated with myelomeningocele. ...Read more
AVM: i think you must mean arteriovenous malformation. This represents a tangle of small arteries that become small veins. The significance is that they are prone to bleeding. They can be found in the brain, in the esophagus, the stomach, the liver, the small bowel, and the colon to name a few. ...Read more
Connection: This is a genetic abnormality that allows an artery to feed directly into a vein (instead of gradually perfusing tissue before being returned to the venous capillaries). This direct A-V communication creates what is called a shunt, and if large enough may cause volume overload on the heart, which may lead to hear chamber enlargement and even failure. At the site of the AVM, bleeding may result. ...Read more
Chiari malformation: A Chiari 1 malformation is an anatomical anomaly where a structure at the base of your brain called the cerebellar tonsils descend or herniated through the hole at the base of the skull called the foramen magnum ...Read more
Avm for short, a blood vessel abnormality in the brain:small capillaries fail to form in an are of the brain resulting in an abnormal tangle of vessels like a "can of worms"
about half of these go on to burst causing a stroke. Unfortunately that is the most common symptom. They may cause seizures, or headaches or changes in speech, vision or movement. My avm was of the acute bleed type. ...Read more
Not usually: Most lymphatic malformations are congenital, either lymphedema in legs or arms. Some lymphedema called lymphoma praecox does not become apparent until late first decade , second decade of life. Localized swellings, cystic hygromas, occur elsewhere in the body such as neck , abdomen. Acquired lymphedema in adults can occur related to radiation therapy for tumor or from breast surgery. ...Read more
Chiari malformation: A chiari 1 malformation can be totally benign and found on an mr for another reason or it can be symptomatic with headaches, dizziness, walking problems, swallowing issues among other findings. A consultation with a neurosurgeon can determine whether the chiari is symptomatic and whether one should seek treatment. ...Read more
Location useful: there are numerous sites of the malformations and location is important in making the correct assessment. The adjacent structures may be affected and details are needed here for a better answer ...Read more
Chiari malformation: A 5mm herniation in a chiari is borderline from a radiological point of view, what is more important is are you have symptoms from the chiari that would it more likely you would need surgery. A consultation with a neurosurgeon would likely be the best option if you want to find out more. ...Read more
I just found out that I have chairi i malformation, at this point that are not going to do nothing is this condition rare i suffer from headaches alot?
Chiari I malformatio: Chiari i malformation is a conditon where the cerebellar tonsils of the brain lie below the foramen magnum or the junction between the brain and the spinal cord. Many people have a chiari malformation and no symptoms. Headaches can be associated with chiari malformations but headaches can arise from many other causes as well. ...Read more
Basic answer: The cerebellum is the rearmost part of the brain structures as it transitions into the spinal cord holding all the nerve tracts. This part of the brain is supposed to stop at the base of the skull, but in some people part of the cerebellum is positioned below the skull, extending between the cord & the upper vertebrae. The Chiari malformation is a broad label covering this defect. ...Read more
Head/ Cervical MRI: Chiari malformation is best diagnosed with a head MRI without contrast to assess for the abnormal tonsil position and determine whether hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, is present also. A cervical MRI without contrast can assess for a problem called a syrinx, or a fluid cavity in the center of the spinal cord. A lumbar MRI without contrast can also exclude a tethered cord causing numb legs. ...Read more