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I was just recently diagnosed with a mild chiari malformation by my doctor. How quickly can a mild chiari malformation progress further or does it?

I was just recently diagnosed with a mild chiari malformation by my doctor. How quickly can a mild chiari malformation progress further or does it?

It wont: Chiai malformation is seen in 10 percent of patients. And in fact if you have only the mild type you might ask how many mm does your tonsils project below the foramen magnum. Some readers only call it a real aci if it projects 10 mm below. Some readers call it at 5mm. So you should ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Chiari Malformation (Definition)

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I was diagnosed with mild chiari malformation between 4-5mm. Can this be causing the headaches in the back of my head?

I was diagnosed with mild chiari malformation between 4-5mm. Can this be causing the headaches in the back of my head?

AC: AC can cause back of the head pressure like headaches. Ask your doctor to recommend a mild medication for headache relief such as alleve, ibuprofen and continue with regular follow up to monitor this condition. ...Read more

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I have frequent headaches in the back of my head. Was diagnosed with mild chiari malformation. My doctor says that the chiari is not the cause?

I have frequent headaches in the back of my head. Was diagnosed with mild chiari malformation. My doctor says that the chiari is not the cause?

Chiari can cause HA: Richard, a Chiari malformation is a condition which is associated with a mild tendency toward "pinching" the cerebellum and brainstem in the back portion of the skull. Sometimes, if the "pinching" becomes more severe it can cause headaches by altering the flow of spinal fluid in and around the brain. A mild Chiari usually will not cause this, however. Consider asking to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with mild chiari malformation I have neck pain migraines pressure in the lower part of the head and neck and pain in my shoulder. Does mild chiari progress from here?

I was just diagnosed with mild chiari malformation I have neck pain migraines pressure in the lower part of the head and neck and pain in my shoulder. Does mild chiari progress from here?

No: Headaches are non-specific, not necessarily the result of chiari malformations, and can be managed with lifestyle and medical support. The malformation is not going to progress. Seek treatment for your neck and shoulder pain. Musculoskeletal pain is responsive to many approaches and therapies. A physiatrist is experienced in this. ...Read more

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What is chiari malformation?

What is chiari malformation?

Low cerebellum.: 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

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What is chiari malformation?

What is chiari malformation?

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

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What is a chiari malformation?

What is a chiari malformation?

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

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What is chiari malformation type 1?

A brain anamoly: A chiari 1 is a malformation where a small part of the brain (the cerebellar tonsils) descends into the spinal canal and compresses the spinal cord/brain stem. The early symptom are typically headaches. As time proceeds and in more severe descended chiari's, the symptoms can include numbness, weakness, unsteadiness, visual issues, nausea, etc. See physician for an exam and discussion of surgery. ...Read more