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Dr. Dan E. Fisher answered:

i have mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia 5 mm ,what can i do for symptoms and pain?

Huh?

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What symptoms and pain is this causing? I suggest you see your neurologist or neurosurgeon to discuss.
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mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia 5 mm?

Chiari malformation

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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.
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Dr. Mark Diamond answered:

My 9 yr old son was dx with Chiari Malformation 1. What does "8 mm of cerebellar tonsillar ectopia with tonsillar deformity" mean? Dr wants surgery

Description of probl

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The "bottom" part of the brainstem leaks back into the spinal cord from the skull. this may pressure the brainstem causing damage.Surgery can fix this. the description refers to how much of the brain is misplaced and at risk
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I have mild cerebellar tonsillar ectopia less than 5mm. I do have various things wrong that could be conected. But gp is not sure. What is my Prognose?

Chiari

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This sounds like a "borderline" Chiari Malformation. These are generally not serious as long as there are not other brain abnormalities or spinal abnormalities. Thus further imaging is likely needed. However, if this is normal then your prognosis is good and you will not likely need further treatment
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Having constant headaches, dizziness, nausea, eye pain for 3-4 weeks. CT last week showed cerebellar tonsillar ectopia of 5mm. PCM says no immediate action needed at this time. How long must I suffer?

See a neurologist

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Your symptoms may or may not be related to the CT finding. A neurologist should be able to tell the difference.
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Slightly low lying cerebellar tonsils, probably secondary to tonsilar ectopia?

Not tonsils

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The cerebellar tonsils are not tonsils, just part of your cerebellum. Sometimes when patients are dizzy it is due to pressure from a portion of the cerebellum resting low in the skull, around the foramen magnum. If a radiologist noted the cerebellar tonsils ride a little low, they might mention it in a report. It would not be that uncommon of a finding on a normal MRI or CT of the brain.
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MRI report says, MRI SIGNS Arachnoids cyst middle cranial fossa on the right. Ectopia of the cerebellar tonsils in a BIG HOLE FOR TYLOCHNEO.Remedy?

Arachnoid cyst

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Arachnoid cysts in the middle fossa are rather common and rarely need treatment. Ectopia of the cerebellar tonsils are also not uncommon and again rarely need treatment
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Had brain mri for constellation of symptoms, came back normal. To me looks like increased CSF on scan, poss cerebellar ectopia (chiari) Easy to miss?

Possibly

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There are specific criteria that radiologists use to assess for cerebellar tonsillar ectopia. There are many normal variants of brain anatomy that may look abnormal to the untrained observer. If you are concerned about that specific issue, your doctor that referred you for the MRI can have the radiologist review the exam.
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Is minimal tonsillar ectopia serious?

Doubtful

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doubtful unless associated with more. Probably 1% of the population if not more have it
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Dr. John Oro answered:

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.
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