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Chiari Malformation – Chicago Car Accident Attorney

Chiari Malformations can be asymptomatic until something aggravates it.  For instance, a car accident can cause an asymptomatic Chiari malformation type 1 to become symptomatic.

What are some symptoms of a Chiari malformation Type 1?

According to Mayo Clinic,  people with Chiari malformation type I experience any of these 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

Less common symptoms are:

  • tinnitus
  • weakness
  • slow heart rhythm
  • scoliosis related to spinal cord impairment 
  • abnormal breathing, like central sleep apnea.

What are Chiari Malformations?

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.  

Some complications associated with Chiari malformation ?

Individuals who have a Type 1 information 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 Type 1 diagnosis is by a physical exam testing a person’s memory, cognition, balance, touch, reflexes, sensation, motor skill. Also, diagnostic tests are common in diagnosing Chiari 1 malformations. 

Chiari Malformation Diagnostic Tests:

  • An X-ray is safe and painless procedure can be done in a doctor’s office and takes only a few minutes.
  • Computed tomography (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?

Common types of Chiari Malformation surgery are:

  • 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 into the dura

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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. Cullotta Law Offices’ offices are in Glenview and Chicago Illinois. 

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