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Dr. Dan Fisher
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I have mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia 5 mm , what can I do for symptoms and pain?

Dr. Dan Fisher
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I have mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia 5 mm , what can I do for symptoms  and pain?

Huh?: What symptoms and pain is this causing? I suggest you see your neurologist or neurosurgeon to discuss. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Douglas Bourgon
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A recent mri showed cerebellar tonsillar ectopia up to 12 mm, does this along with having a lot of the symptoms of chiari mean that chiari is likely?

Dr. Douglas Bourgon
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A recent mri showed cerebellar tonsillar ectopia up to 12 mm, does this along with having a lot of the symptoms of chiari mean that chiari is likely?

Meets Chiari I def: Tonsilar ectopia greater than 5-6mm below the foramen magnum is considered a Chiari I malformation. Whether symptoms are associated is more individual, but usually at 12mm and greater, most are found to have associated symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Arthur Marlin
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Is minimal tonsillar ectopia serious?

Dr. Arthur Marlin
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Is minimal tonsillar ectopia serious?

Doubtful: Doubtful unless associated with more. Probably 1% of the population if not more have it. ...Read more

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Dr. John Oro
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I have cerebral tonsillar ectopia that measures 3 cm. Should i be concerned?

Dr. John Oro
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3 cm or 3 mm?: It depends. If it is 3 cm as you state, that is severe (30 mm) and you should be concerned. If instead you mean 3 mm, then it depends if you have a syrinx. If you do not have a syrinx, there is no concern. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Donald McCarren
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Mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia 5 mm?

Dr. Donald McCarren
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Mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia 5 mm?

Chiari malformation: The definition for chiari malformation is the presence of cerbellar ectopia of greater than 3 mm below the foramen magnum. Thus you fulfill at least part of the criteria for chiari 1 malformation. The key is the presence of symptoms. If present, then phase-contrast mr flow studieshave a role in determining whether symptomatic chairi malformation patients may benefit from surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Shyu
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What exactly is cerebellar tonsillar ectopia?

Dr. Jeffrey Shyu
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Tonsillar ectopia: The cerebellum is at the lower back of your brain, and is mainly responsible for motor coordination. The tonsils are at the midline of your cerebellum and sometimes they can extend a bit lower than normal. That's called tonsillar ectopia. They may be asymptomatic, or they could cause symptoms like headache, pain, and other neurologic symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cerebellar tonsillar ectopia?

Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cerebellar tonsillar ectopia?

Chiari 1: Tonsillar ectopia, slight descent of the cerebellar tonsils and Chiari I malformations, disorders observed in older children and adults and are believed to be an acquired form of the Chiari malformations. This entity is different from the other Chiari malformations in that hydrocephalus plays no role in its evolution ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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What does it mean? My report says the report says there is mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia with tonsils extending 5mm through the foramen magnum

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Chiari Malformation: Well at least one of the features is present. Low lying cerebellar tonsils are dipping into the foramen magnum which is the big hole at the base of the skull that allows the spinal cord to pass up to the brain. It means no more trampolines, bungee cord jumping or roller coaster rides for you. You don't want the cerebellar tonsils to be forced down further. Look up arnold chiari malformation, . ...Read more

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Dr. Bikash Bose
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
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Diagnosed with mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia, I am experiencing headaches while excercising. Should i be concerned?

Dr. Bernstein Joel
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Diagnosed with mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia, I am experiencing headaches while excercising. Should i be concerned?

Yes: I would see a neurologist as soon as possible. Particularly if you are having headaches. This could be a serious problem. ...Read more

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