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Should a child have surgery for chiari malformation if he has no symptoms?
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Dr. Adesh Tandon
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Possibly
Typically, asymptomatic chiari type-1 malformations are not recommended to undergo a sub-occipital decompression unless there are other associated findings.
In children, if there is associated hydrocephalus, or a cervical region syringomyelia, a sub-occipital decompression may be indicated. This is to prevent future neurological decline.

In brief: Possibly
Typically, asymptomatic chiari type-1 malformations are not recommended to undergo a sub-occipital decompression unless there are other associated findings.
In children, if there is associated hydrocephalus, or a cervical region syringomyelia, a sub-occipital decompression may be indicated. This is to prevent future neurological decline.
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