What is it?
A Chiari malformation, previously called Arnold Chiari malformation, is where the lower part of brain protrudes into the spinal canal. There are four main types of Chiari but type 1 Chiari is the most common. Here the lower part of the back of the brain extends into the spinal canal. This puts pressure on the brain stem, spinal cord and obstructs the flow of fluid (CSF).
What are the causes?
What are the symptoms?
Treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms. Asymptomatic chiari needs no treatment. If there is associated increased fluid in the brain (hydrocephalus) then CSF diversion called ventriculo peritoneal shunt is the best If there is no hydrocephalus, then the more common posterior fossa decompression is a better option. Here a small part of the bone in the back of the skull is removed to relieve the pressure in the brain. Along with it the coverings of the brain is opened and a patch is sewn to make it roomier.
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I am a software engineer based in Hyderabad. I hail from Kerala. I had a cervical disc prolapsed and was advised to undergo surgery at Hyderabad