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What is Chiari Malformation?

Chiari malformation, is usually present at birth and occurs at the back of the head where the brain and spinal cord connect.

There are four types of Chiari malformations:

  • Type 1 – occurs when the base of the skull and upper spinal area do not form properly. A type 1 Chiari malformation commonly goes unnoticed until problems arise in the adolescent or adult years of life. The headaches most typical of Chiari I malformations are usually located at the back of the head, and are often made worse by exertion.
  • Type 2 – sometimes known as an Arnold-Chiari malformation, a type 2 Chiari malformation is caused by part of the back of the brain shifting downward through the bottom of the skull. it is seen in infants who are born with spina bifida and can also be associated with hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an overproduction or lack of absorption of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF).
  • Type 3 – occurs when the back of the brain protrudes out of an opening in the back of the skull area.
  • Type 4 – occur when the back of the brain fails to develop normally.

Children with Chiari I malformations may start to have symptoms as early as age 2 or 3. Some don't have any symptoms until they are older. Symptoms can appear any time. They may start or get worse after a trauma, physical effort or straining, such as exercising, coughing or sneezing.

Syringomyelia, common with Chiari, is a cyst in the center of the spinal cord that is filled with fluid. The cyst, also called a syrinx, can get larger and longer over time, putting pressure on the spinal cord and causing symptoms. If not treated, it may also eventually cause nerve damage.

Read more here about living and coping with CM. 


Decompression Surgery was December 14th 2015!

Started by purplesparklewriter76 in Surgery and Recovery 35 minutes ago. 0 Replies

It's nearly 2 months post-op and I feel healthier than I have ever felt. I still have nystagmus and my scar is pretty sore still, but I've gained more mobility and I don't remember the last time I had a headache because of Chiari which feels so…Continue

chiari and school problems

Started by leapschin in General. Last reply by Wowa 1 hour ago. 10 Replies

our 15 year old was told she has Chiara in oct of last year. She is in her second semester of high school and having problem with certain test and receptive things in certain classes.one of her teachers pulled her aside and told her to focus more…Continue

Chiari Malformation and Snoring

Started by agunnink in General. Last reply by BaltimoreBaby 12 hours ago. 1 Reply

Does anyone know if there is any connection between Chiari Malformation and Snoring. Ever since i was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and started to show symptoms my family is complaining that I am snoring very bad. Never snored before. I have…Continue

Natural African American Hair and decompression surgery

Started by Liberty1 in General 16 hours ago. 0 Replies

I was diagnosed about 8 months ago with a pretty significant syrinx. I don't have the symptoms that most have reported just periodic head/neck pain and loss of heat/cold sensitivity on left side. I got a second opinion and felt much more comfortable…Continue

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