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Is there a genetic test to catch an arnold chiari malformation early?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Not yet

Arnold chiari malformation can occur by itself or in association with other congenital abnormalities.
There is no specific genetic test for arnold chiari yet.

In brief: Not yet

Arnold chiari malformation can occur by itself or in association with other congenital abnormalities.
There is no specific genetic test for arnold chiari yet.
Dr. Cindy Juster
Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
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In brief: AFP?

The arnold chiari malformation is associated with spina bifida.
In some pregnant women there can be elevation of the AFP that suggests such a risk. A high resolution ultrasound of the fetus can look for a spinal closure defect. Amniocentesis is more accurate but much more risky. Certain medications raise the risk of spina bifida - especially depakote. Use folate (folic acid) and get quality ultrasounds.

In brief: AFP?

The arnold chiari malformation is associated with spina bifida.
In some pregnant women there can be elevation of the AFP that suggests such a risk. A high resolution ultrasound of the fetus can look for a spinal closure defect. Amniocentesis is more accurate but much more risky. Certain medications raise the risk of spina bifida - especially depakote. Use folate (folic acid) and get quality ultrasounds.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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