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Is it possible to have "slightly low lying cerebellar tonsils" without it being chiari malformation? That was a finding on MRI but doc says no chiari

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
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In brief: Yes,

I suppose so. Chiari malformations have specific findings.
"Slightly low lying cerebellar tonsils" is a somewhat nebulous, nonspecific subjective description. It probably means that the tonsillar tip is below the foramen magnum but within the range of normal variation, but if you are concerned, talk to your doc about it.

In brief: Yes,

I suppose so. Chiari malformations have specific findings.
"Slightly low lying cerebellar tonsils" is a somewhat nebulous, nonspecific subjective description. It probably means that the tonsillar tip is below the foramen magnum but within the range of normal variation, but if you are concerned, talk to your doc about it.
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