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Chiari Malformation

Chiari malformations (CMs) are structural defects in the cerebellum. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that controls balance. With CM, brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. It can happen when part of the skull is too small, which pushes the brain tissue down. There are several types of CM. One type often happens in children who have neural tube defects. Some types cause no symptoms and don't need treatment. If you have symptoms, they may include:

  • Neck pain
  • Balance problems
  • Numbness or other abnormal feelings in the arms or legs
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Poor hand coordination

Doctors diagnose CM using imaging tests. Medicines may ease some symptoms, such as pain. Surgery is the only treatment available to correct or stop the progression of nerve damage.

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  1. Chiari Malformation (National Library of Medicine)  
    Chiari malformations (CMs) are structural defects in the cerebellum. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that ...
  2. Chiari Malformations From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)  
    Chiari Malformation/Start Here ... Chiari Malformation ... Chiari malformations (CM) are caused by problems in the structure of the brain and skull. The types and ...
  3. ClinicalTrials.gov: Arnold-Chiari Malformation From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
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  4. Chiari Malformation (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)  
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  5. Chiari Malformation: Diagnosis (C&S Patient Education Foundation) - PDF  
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  6. Chiari Malformation: Symptoms (C&S Patient Education Foundation) - PDF  
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  7. Chiari Malformation: Treatment (C&S Patient Education Foundation) - PDF  
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  8. Klippel-Feil syndrome is a bone disorder characterized by the abnormal joining (fusion) of two or more spinal bones in the neck (cervical vertebrae). The vertebral ...
  9. Taking Chiari to School: A Guide for Parents (C&S Patient Education Foundation) - PDF  
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  10. Syringomyelia From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)  
    Syringomyelia/Learn More ... Syringomyelia ... National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke ... Syringomyelia is a neurological disorder in which a fluid- ...
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