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I Got Results On My Chiari Malformation Said 6mm Below Something And The Nuero Surgen Doesnt Want To Do Surgery Why
I got results on my chiari malformation said 6mm below something and the nuero surgen doesn't want to do surgery why?
Surgery not needed: A chiari 1 malformation is not a dangerous condition, but can cause headaches, numbness, dizziness or unsteadiness. In yours, the cerebellar tonsils lie 6 mm below the foramen magnum (the hole at the base of the skull). This is fairly small and not dangerous so the only reason to have surgery is to relieve symptoms. Often the symptoms and the chiari are unrelated so surgery doesn't help. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My son was diagnosis with chiari malformation and a 6mm cyst. Is this dangerous at least the cyst part? He's 9 yrs old, should he have any surgery pleasehelp
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
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
Many things: Surgery to decompress the herniations can either focus on removing some of the bones to allow more room, or detangling the spinal cord as it leaves the brain (rarely done). This is serious surgery that can result in infections, paralysis, problems breathing, and worse. However neurosurgeons today are incredibly trained and can do amazing things! ...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
It is: Chiari described different types of developmental defects of the cerebellum. Type 2 is associated with spina bifida, type 3 and type 4 are severe defects. You are probably talking about type 2 associated with spina bifida. It can cause breathing and swallowing problems. Treatment with surgery is controversial. ...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
Safe if experienced: As a general rule, such surgeries should be done in major medical centers or in designated childrens hospitals by neurosurgeons who specialize in pediatric neurosurgery. Under those circumstances, the surgeries are as safe as they can be made and almost always better than not repairing the malformation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was just diagnosed with a Chiari Malformation and was curious what my restrictions are until surgery and what will it be like AFTER surgery as well.
I have a chiari malformation it is 4.8 mm i have been having terrible migraines every day for 6 months now, should i get surgery? or is it to short?
Get it checked:
Have you been evaluated in Chiari Institute? If not find out the nearby one & get appointment.
In the meantime try migraine diet by avoiding;
Nitrates- hot dog,bacon,deli meat & sausage
Cheese containing tyramine
cultured dairy- yogurt
Chcolate beans & dry fruits
All artificial sweeteners except stevia
Very cold food -ice cream ...Read more
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
Chiari surgery: Surgery for a chari malformation is rather straight forward - a "botched" surgery is rare, in some rare cases further surgery might be indicated if the symptoms are not resolved - this assumes there were no complications during the procedure. ...Read more
Chiari malformation: It depends on what type of surgery you are going to have (what your true diagnosis is... be careful!) and what job you want at the airforce. Speak with your neurosurgeon and ask details, then call the recruiting folks for the air force and ask them what they think... do not rush into it at age 48... rare to have to have Chiari surgery done at that point.... good luck! ...Read more
I have arnold chiari malformation type 1. I recently had corrective surgery. What are the possible side effects from that?
If I had surgery for a chiari malformation in 2002 and they put a mesh patch in place of a piece of skull, could it be causing dystonia?
Not likely: Dystonia is a complex problem usually caused by either meds, brain pathway problems, or both. The use of mesh in the chiari surgery is very common and never been reported to cause dystonia. It can cause some local headaches but they usually resolve spontaneously. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My neurosurgeon my suggest surgery for chiari malformation. I have dizziness and gait disturbance that never goes away. Is this a common surgery?
Last year I had chiari malformation surgery, which helped but recently I've been getting very sick, and also have bad neck pain. Are they related?
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
I had chiari malformation surgery back in Oct, 2014 can this be the cause of me having seizures now? I never had them before the surgery.
I did chiari malformation surgery 4 months ago and I feel so dizzy I can not even stand and walk well !I'm suffering.
for you kind advice?
I have meningioma history with 2 surgeries. My 17yr old dtr had chiari malformation type II surgery this year. Is there any genetic connection?
No: These two conditions are not related.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Can decompression surgery for chiari malformation 1 relieve vision problems/issues (like blurry/double vision or seeing flashes) caused by chiari?
Depends: The goal of Chiara surgery is to restore the normal pattern of CSF flow & thereby prevent further deterioration of the visual (& balance) symptoms of the ACM malformation. Whether this helps existing symptoms depends on how long those symptoms have been present, the type of surgery contemplated, it's success rate, age, & underlying factors. It's a question to ask the neurologist who knows you best ...Read more
My husband had chiari malformation surgery over a year ago and still has debilitating migraines, recently a pineal cyst has shown up? We are desperate
What is the difference between mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia and chiari malformation 1. Are there other treatments beyond surgery?
Both situations: imply that the cerebellar tonsils protrude beyond the foramen magnum. Mild ectopia generally means that the tonsils do not protrude far enough to meet the distance criteria of Chiari 1, and are normally shaped and without other findings seen in Chiari 1. The vast majority of "mild ectopias" are normal anatomic variations and cause no symptoms. ...Read more
My 9 yr old son was diagnosis with chiari malformation 1. What does "8 mm of cerebellar tonsillar ectopia with tonsillar deformity" mean? Dr wants surgery
I have chiari malformation. Decompressed 2012, CSF leak surgery 2012, vp shunt 2013. Carpal tunnel result of chiari? Only small relief after surgeries
No relationship: Compression of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel has no relationship to the chiari malformation. Patients with chiari i malformation may have syringomyelia, which can cause neck and arm symptoms. However, carpal tunnel syndrome is very specific to the nerve at the wrist. Your neurosurgeon can help distinguish between the two conditions, and explain why you still have symptoms. ...Read more
What does it mean when my MRI results say that my cerebellar tonsils are seen low lying 4.2mm below, suggesting chiari malformation?
Chiari malformation: What you're describing is a typical finding for a chiari type 1 malformation. Chiari malformation is basically when part of the brain (cerebellum) sits below the base of the skull. This may cause headaches, weakness, trouble swallowing/speaking, numbness of the arms....Many different symptoms are possible. It also can be asymptomatic. Get a neurological or neurosurgical evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgery alternatives: If your symptoms are from the chiari, surgery is the best option. To know for sure that it's the chiari causing your symptoms is the hardest part. Sometimes the only way to find out is to proceed with surgery. Neurosurgeons who treat a lot of chiari will develop a good sixth sense for who may get better and who may not (many people have MRI findings of chiari but won't get better with surgery). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My best friend has chiari malformation, what type treatment would be suggested to help relieve some of the symptoms without surgery.
Yes and no: This is a disorder of spinal fluid circulation so Diamox (acetazolamide) is a medication that reduces cerebrospinal fluid output. If you have symptoms and this is more than just an incidental imaging finding, it is a long shot that this medicine will cure you. Removal of a portion of the back of the skill called suboccipital craniectomy, is a safe and effective procedure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had surgery for chiari malformation 1 decompression 1 yr ago. The headaches and other symptions haven't gone away. Will they? Why not? Does chiari ?
Chairi malformation: Yes. Scar tissue can compress the cerebellar tonsils and lead to recurrent symptoms. However this is uncommon and more likely is that you have arthritis in your neck that is mimicking the symptoms of a Chiari malformation. A complete neurological examination and an MRI of the cervical spine will provide some answers for you. ...Read more