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What is Chiari Malformation Type 1 

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What are some symptoms of a Chiari malformation Type 1?

According to Mayo Clinic,  people with Chiari malformation type I experience any of the below symptoms:

  • Severe Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Poor hand coordination (fine motor skills)
  • Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet
  • Swallowing problems
  • Change in vision (blurred or double vision)
  • Speech problems

People with Chiari malformation type I may also experience these symptoms :

Tinnitus, Weakness, Slow heart rhythm, scoliosis related to spinal cord impairment and abnormal breathing, such as central sleep apnea.

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What are Chiari Malformations Type I?

Chiari malformation type I (Type 1 CM) the extension of the cerebellar tonsils (the lower part of the cerebellum) into the foramen magnum, without involving the brain stem.  

Type 1 CM may not cause symptoms until aggravated by trauma, like a car accident. Some Chiari Malformations are asymptomatic and do not interfere with a person’s activities of daily living until or unless aggravated

Some Complications associated with Chiari malformation ?

Individuals who have a CM Type 1 often have these related conditions: (1) Hydrocephalus is an excessive buildup of CSF in the brain and Spinal curvature is common among individuals with syringomyelia or CM Type 1

How are Chiari malformations diagnosed?

The most common form of Chiari Malformation is Type 1 is  often diagnosed by accident and is the only type of CM that can be acquired.  Diagnosis involves a physical exam, testing a person’s memory, cognition, balance (a function controlled by the cerebellum), touch, reflexes, sensation, and motor skills (functions controlled by the spinal cord).

Diagnostic tests:

  • An X-ray .This safe and painless procedure can be done in a doctor’s office and takes only a few minutes.
  • Computed tomography (also called a CT scan) uses X-rays and a computer to produce two-dimensional photos. Scanning takes about 3 to 5 minutes and is painless.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the imaging procedure most often used to diagnose a Chiari 1. Like CT, it is painless and noninvasive.

How are Chiari malformations treated?

Chiari 1 Malformations are often diagnosed in late childhood or adults. The most common form of Chiari Malformation Type 1. 

Common types of Chiari Malformation surgery:

  • Posterior fossa decompression involves making an incision at the back of the head and removing a small portion of the bottom of the skull (and sometimes part of the spinal column) to correct the irregular bony structure. The neurosurgeon may use a procedure called electrocautery to shrink the cerebellar tonsils. 
  •  Spinal laminectomy, involves removal of part of the arched, bony roof of the spinal canal (the lamina) to increase the size of the spinal canal and relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots.
  • A similar procedure, is examining the brain and spinal cord  by cutting in to the dura
  • Another surgery available is to insert a shunt into the spinal cord to drain a syringomyelia or hydromyelia. 

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If you were in of recent auto accident that has aggravated your Chiari Malformation – Type 1, contact us at 847-651-7191 for a FREE consultation. Do not delay.
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