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What is a chiari malformation?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Basic answer

The cerebellum is the rearmost part of the brain structures as it transitions into the spinal cord holding all the nerve tracts.
This part of the brain is supposed to stop at the base of the skull, but in some people part of the cerebellum is positioned below the skull, extending between the cord & the upper vertebrae. The Chiari malformation is a broad label covering this defect.

In brief: Basic answer

The cerebellum is the rearmost part of the brain structures as it transitions into the spinal cord holding all the nerve tracts.
This part of the brain is supposed to stop at the base of the skull, but in some people part of the cerebellum is positioned below the skull, extending between the cord & the upper vertebrae. The Chiari malformation is a broad label covering this defect.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: It is

Chiari described different types of developmental defects of the cerebellum. Type 2 is associated with spina bifida, type 3 and type 4 are severe defects.
You are probably talking about type 2 associated with spina bifida. It can cause breathing and swallowing problems. Treatment with surgery is controversial.

In brief: It is

Chiari described different types of developmental defects of the cerebellum. Type 2 is associated with spina bifida, type 3 and type 4 are severe defects.
You are probably talking about type 2 associated with spina bifida. It can cause breathing and swallowing problems. Treatment with surgery is controversial.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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