What is a type 2 chiari malformation?

Brain abnormality. A type 2 chiari malformation is a brain abnormality a baby is born with, where the lower part of the brain bulges down through the hole in the base of the skull. Babies with this malformation may show symptoms like poor feeding, difficulty breathing, and weakness. It is almost always associated with spina bifida as well.
Structural defects. Chiari 2 is a condition where the cerebellum and brainstem descend into the spinal canal, and is usually associated with a form of spina bifida called myelomeningocele, where the spinal cord is exposed at birth. Treatment typically involves surgery.

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I have an chiari malformation type 1. What symptoms would I have if I am not circulating enough csf? I have a MRI in two weeks to see.

Headaches. The most common effect would be headaches. You may also experience dizziness or a sense of imbalance. Read more...
Shoulder area numb. The lack of CSF flow around the chiari area is thought to raise the risk for a fluid collection inside the cervical spine called a syrinx. This can cause arm/hand symptoms with some numbness in a shawl pattern across the shoulder area. An MRI through your cervical spine should show this fluid collection if it is there. It can be followed after the chiari is decompressed usually resolving by itself. Read more...

What is chiari malformation type 1?

A brain anamoly. A chiari 1 is a malformation where a small part of the brain (the cerebellar tonsils) descends into the spinal canal and compresses the spinal cord/brain stem. The early symptom are typically headaches. As time proceeds and in more severe descended chiari's, the symptoms can include numbness, weakness, unsteadiness, visual issues, nausea, etc. See physician for an exam and discussion of surgery. Read more...

Chiari malformation type 1. Am I disabled?

Chiari malformation. Chiari malformation, unless complex rarely do not disable a person. They are surgically treatment depending on the symptoms and clinical findings. This is not an uncommon disorder treated by neurosurgeons and the results are very often quite good. Read more...

Could I have developed chiari malformation type 1 after the age of 20?

Probably not. Technically, most chiari i malformations occur during fetal development. Many people who have a mild chiari i malformation may never have any symptoms or symptoms may develop later in life, but the actual malformation was probably already there. In some unusual cases (e.g., over-drainage of spinal fluid) a type of acquired chiari malformation can develop, but this is less common. Read more...
Developmental. Chiari malformations are developemtnal abnormalities and not something that develops over time. Read more...