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I have a chiari 1 malformation. Should I be worried? I have been asked to see a neuro surgeon?
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Don't worry.
I'm not sure how you found out about your chiari malformation but there's not much to worry about.
Your neurosurgeon will examine you and look at your mri. He will make recommendations to you based on your symptoms, exam, and MRI findings. If he recommends surgery, feel confident that it will go well and ask questions to ease your mind. Most chiari's don't require surgery.

In brief: Don't worry.
I'm not sure how you found out about your chiari malformation but there's not much to worry about.
Your neurosurgeon will examine you and look at your mri. He will make recommendations to you based on your symptoms, exam, and MRI findings. If he recommends surgery, feel confident that it will go well and ask questions to ease your mind. Most chiari's don't require surgery.
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Dr. Glenn Skow
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Don't worry
Chiari malformations are graded 1-4 with 4 being the most severe.
Thankfully, 1 is the most common and rarely fatal. Although usually occurs without symptoms, you may be asked to see a neurosurgeon once symptoms develop for evaluation and possible surgery.

In brief: Don't worry
Chiari malformations are graded 1-4 with 4 being the most severe.
Thankfully, 1 is the most common and rarely fatal. Although usually occurs without symptoms, you may be asked to see a neurosurgeon once symptoms develop for evaluation and possible surgery.
Dr. Glenn Skow
Dr. Glenn Skow
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Dr. Andrew Kaufman
Neurosurgery
In brief: No
Chiari 1 malformation is quite common and most commonly asymptomatic.
However, it can cause symptoms, and if they are persistent or disabling, surgery may be required and can usually relieve the symptoms. This is rarely a serious condition, but evaluation by a neurosurgeon is appropriate.

In brief: No
Chiari 1 malformation is quite common and most commonly asymptomatic.
However, it can cause symptoms, and if they are persistent or disabling, surgery may be required and can usually relieve the symptoms. This is rarely a serious condition, but evaluation by a neurosurgeon is appropriate.
Dr. Andrew Kaufman
Dr. Andrew Kaufman
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