Chiari Malformation

A Chiari malformation is a congenital (present at birth) defect in the area of the back of the head where the brain and spinal cord connect.


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The exact cause of Chiari malformation is unknown, it is thought that a problem during fetal development may cause the abnormal brain formation during pregnancy.

The most common symptoms of a Chiari malformation:

  • headaches
  • stiffness or pain in the neck or back of the head area
  • poor feeding and swallowing
  • decreased strength in the arms
  • decreased sensation in the arms and legs
  • rapid, back and forth, eye movement
  • developmental delays
  • weak cry
  • breathing problems

The symptoms of Chiari malformation may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child’s physician for a diagnosis.

Diagnostic tests that may be performed to confirm the diagnosis of a Chiari malformation include:

  • standart MRI
  • Cerebrospinal fluid dynamics MRI

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Surgical treatment

Craniospinal decompression with dura opening and duroplasty procedure, watch video.