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Kiari Malformation Of The Brain
Varies widely: Size, symptoms and location are determinants of the behavior of these lesions. Most concern is bleeding risk which varies widely. Most doctors monitor these with serial mris. Surgery is required occasionally for removal. ...Read more
Often none: Unless it leaks, there would be no symptoms in most cases. Leaking can cause intense headache or stroke-like symptoms such as focal weakness, loss of speech or vision. Avm discovered after a minor stroke can be corrected before a major stroke. Family history of avm may prompt investigation in someone with no symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Abnormal vasculature: These abnormal vessels have an increased risk of bleeding.They are treated by open surgery when they are excised, by embolizationby going through blood vessels or by a combination of both.Different methods depends on the size and or location in the brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small back of skull.: Chiari malformations develop due to a decreased size in the back of the skull. Because there is not enough space for the brain to develop, a part of the brain called the cerebellar tonsils get pushed through through the hole where the spinal cord attaches to the brain. This results in increased pressure and development of "cysts" in the spinal cord. Chiari ii has additional brain&cord changes. ...Read more
Brain malformation: The term "brain malformation" can cover a very wide variety of subjects. Malformations can involve blood vessels, structures in the brain itself, or in the case of the cerebellum a chiari malformation where a tongue of brain tissue comes down through the hole at the base of the skull called the foramen magnum. ...Read more
My son has a chiari 1 malformation and a cyst in the middle of his brain hes getting headaches at least a couple times a week should I b worried?
Not very: Chiari malformations are fairly rare, and brain tumors are not very common either. So the combination of the two is fairly unlikely but certainly not impossible. One should be alert that a downward herniation of the cerebellum caused by a tumor is not misinterpreted as "just" a chiari malformation. For more information consult your doctors and ask for a review of your brain MRI scans. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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