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I don't have any symptoms, but an MRI shows a chiari malformation.  what does this mean?

I don't have any symptoms, but an MRI shows a chiari malformation.  what does this mean?

Then leave it alone: Various cerebellar malformations fron i to IV or v depending extent , to severe symptoms in type i just cerebellar tonsils herniate to spinal canal as shown ( most likely you have this ) most of the time asymptomatic other have symptoms need complex corrective procedures, . ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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Went to ent for tinnitus and found out through mri I have chiari malformation. Dr didn't seem concerned but is it serious?

Went to ent for tinnitus and found out through mri I have chiari malformation. Dr didn't seem concerned but is it serious?

Not at 35 years old: sometimes studies answer questions and present new ones. The Chiari malformation may cause problems but for a 35 unlikely at this phase in your life. Most importantly for you it has nothing to do with tinnitus. Why are you taking labetalol? ...Read more

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My son of 13 yrs had bad throat infection. Now he's been tasting blood in throat. Main symptom bad ear pain for months. Terrible pressure in ears when bends down. ENT not found any prob with ears few months ago. MRI shows possible chiari malformation, no

My son of 13 yrs had bad throat infection. Now he's been tasting blood in throat. Main symptom bad ear pain for months. Terrible pressure in ears when bends down.  ENT not found any prob with ears few months ago. MRI shows possible chiari malformation, no

Throat/ears: Often throat pain or infection can be referred to his ears. Have him examined and checked for tonsillitis or a throat infection. Sometimes the adenoids in the back of the nasal passages can also be infected and cause ear pain. All the best. ...Read more

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Suspecting chiari malformation. Mri on wed. Have been having tension/neckaches and now nausea but I am 6wk pregnant. Safe to wait til wed for mri?

Suspecting chiari malformation. Mri on wed. Have been having tension/neckaches and now nausea but I am 6wk pregnant. Safe to wait til wed for mri?

Yes,but: Mri as a process creates no risk for baby.It does not involve radiation although the studies are often done in the same department as thoses that are.You might clear the procedure with your OB to see if they have feelings on the subject. ...Read more

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What exactly does chiari malformation show up as on an mri?

What exactly does chiari malformation show up as on an mri?

Basically,: Chiairi malformations are characterized by herniation of the cerebellar tonsils through the foramen magnum into the cervical spinal canal. Depending on the type of malformation there may be other associated findings. The graphic shows the changes at the level of the skull base. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does chiari malformation show up as on an mri?

Chiari Malformation: Chiari malformation shows up on a MRI as an extension of the cerebellar tonsils (the lower part of the cerebellum) into the foramen magnum, with or without involving the brain stem. Normally, only the spinal cord passes through this opening. For more info please refer to chiari and syringomyelia foundation 29 crest loop staten island, ny 10312 info@csfinfo.Org http://www.Csfinfo.Org. ...Read more

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Recently found through MRI that I have a chiari malformation just wondering if this condition always gets progressively worse or if I can live with it?

Recently found through MRI that I have a chiari malformation just wondering if this condition always gets progressively worse or if I can live with it?

Not all progress: Not all chiari malformations cause progressive problems. Early signs are recurrent headaches. If this is an issue, contact a neurologist or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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I have an chiari malformation type 1. What symptoms would I have if I am not circulating enough csf? I have a MRI in two weeks to see.

I have an chiari malformation type 1. What symptoms would I have if I am not circulating enough csf? I have a MRI in two weeks to see.

Shoulder area numb: The lack of CSF flow around the chiari area is thought to raise the risk for a fluid collection inside the cervical spine called a syrinx. This can cause arm/hand symptoms with some numbness in a shawl pattern across the shoulder area. An MRI through your cervical spine should show this fluid collection if it is there. It can be followed after the chiari is decompressed usually resolving by itself. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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

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What does it mean when my MRI results say that my cerebellar tonsils are seen low lying 4.2mm below, suggesting chiari malformation?

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 more

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Does "some what low lying cerebellar tonsils" necessarily mean chiari malformation? That was the impression on my mri. Should I be worried?

Does "some what low lying cerebellar tonsils" necessarily mean chiari malformation? That was the impression on my mri. Should I be worried?

Not really: Unless the cerebral tonsils are below the foramen magnum and you have clinical signs of hydrocephalus or enlargement of the ventricles in your brain, you don't have any worries. ...Read more

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My granddaughter was diagnosed with chiari malformation. The MRI shows slight reversal of the cervical lordosis and minimal anterolistesus of c3?

Can be all normal: The finding you describe are normal variations in some people. They are just interesting findings on MRI that need to be interpreted by a competent clinician to determine whether they are clinically significant. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a middle cranial fossa meningomia and chiari malformation my MRI also shows empty sella morphology. should I be concerned?

I have been diagnosed with a middle cranial fossa meningomia and chiari malformation my MRI also shows empty sella morphology. should I be concerned?

Why ask here?: Presumably in Georgia you can't just wander into an MRI facility and make an impulse purchase. The MRI isn't the patient; you are. It doesn't sound like anything serious, but I'm not your doctor. The ordering doc is responsible for interpreting the results or if they can't, to send you to someone else who can. You have a right to an explanation in terms you can understand. Meanwhile, don't panic. ...Read more

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Can white matter on brain MRI be some kind of connection with my chiari malformation? Can it be spinal fluid build up?

Can white matter on brain MRI be some kind of connection with my chiari malformation? Can it be spinal fluid build up?

Come again?: Brain consists of gray matter (neurons' cell bodies) & white matter (connecting fiber tracts). Chiari malformation has to do with position of cerebellum at base of brain. These 2 things aren't related at all. Finally, can WHAT be spinal-fluid buildup? You'll understand much better if you educate yourself about brain anatomy. There are good sources for laypeople. It's NOT beyond your ability. ...Read more

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Would a chiari malformation show up on a brain mri?had 3 Mris in the past 2 yrs and they haven't seen one but lots of pain and pressure nape of neck

Would a chiari malformation show up on a brain mri?had 3 Mris in the past 2 yrs and they haven't seen one but lots of pain and pressure nape of neck

Evaluate neck: Do NOT understand repetitive focus on Chiari malformation, even with history of connective tissue disorder. However, appears you do NOT have it. See a good osteopathic or rehab doctor, and uncover pain generator in neck, and treat underlying problem. Many co-morbidities can be associated with Ehlers-Danlos. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have "slightly low lying cerebellar tonsils" without it being chiari malformation? That was a finding on MRI but doc says no chiari

Is it possible to have "slightly low lying cerebellar tonsils" without it being chiari malformation? That was a finding on MRI but doc says no chiari

Yes,: I suppose so. Chiari malformations have specific findings. "Slightly low lying cerebellar tonsils" is a somewhat nebulous, nonspecific subjective description. It probably means that the tonsillar tip is below the foramen magnum but within the range of normal variation, but if you are concerned, talk to your doc about it. ...Read more

Dr. James Goodrich
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Chiari Malformation (Definition)

A congenital condition where the connection between the brain and the ...Read more