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Is minimal tonsillar ectopia serious?

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

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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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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