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

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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Mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia 5 mm?

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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What exactly is cerebellar tonsillar ectopia?

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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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cerebellar tonsillar ectopia?

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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On an MRI report, what does mild inferior cerebellar tonsillar ectopia mean?

Possible Chiari: This statement means that a portion of your cerebellum (the cerebellar tonsils) is sitting lower down than is normal. If your cerebellar tonsils are low lying they can sit in an opening in your skull and get pushed on by your skull. This condition is called a Chiari I malformation. it can also cause compression on the brainstem. People whose cerebellar tonsils sit 12 mm low tend to have symptoms. ...Read more

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When an MRI reads borderline cerebellar tonsillar ectopia, is there a possibility of it going down some more? Any physical activity restriction needed

Low cerebellar tonsi: Borderline cerebellar tonsillar ectopia (low lying) is very common and has no clinical significance. There is no activity restriction. It should not progress unless transiently after a spinal tap. You should let your doctor know if you are going for a spinal tap. ...Read more

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FOR MY MOM INFERIOR CEREBELLAR TONSILLAR ECTOPIA 1.2CM BELOW FORAMEN MAGNUM.THERE IS A ASYMETRIC HERNIATION OF CEREBELLAR TONSILS RIGHT-1.2CM LEFT-8MM?

FOR MY MOM INFERIOR CEREBELLAR TONSILLAR ECTOPIA 1.2CM BELOW FORAMEN MAGNUM.THERE IS A ASYMETRIC HERNIATION OF CEREBELLAR TONSILS RIGHT-1.2CM LEFT-8MM?

Chiari malformation : Arnold chiari malformation type 1 is defined by cerebellar tonsils that extend below the foramen magnum. The symptoms range from none to headaches, numbness, pain and weakness. The condition can become life threatening when cerebrospinal fluid is blocked. It is important to see a neurosurgeon with experience treating this disorder to discuss the therapeutic options. ...Read more

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I have a 4mm left cerabellar tonsillar ectopia w out evidence of chari I. I have indention & head pain, unsteady balance, ear ringing

I have a 4mm left cerabellar tonsillar ectopia w out evidence of chari I. I have indention & head pain, unsteady balance, ear ringing

I doubt it is this.: This is something that you had all of your life. If the symptoms you are having our new, it is not related to this. You may just have a middle ear infection, or vestibular neuronitis. ...Read more

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