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What's the treatment for Arnold-Chairi malformation?

Surgery to enlarge the opening of the posterior fossa of the skull is often recommended for patients. Techniques are quite diversified amongst neurosurgeons and patient responses vary greatly. A successful surgery will alleviate pressure on the neural elements and may result in an improvement of symptoms. The decision to treat a Chiari Malformation surgically requires careful consultation between patient and physician. Factors to be considered are the patient's current neurological condition and progression of symptoms over a period of time. Some adults with Arnold-Chiari Malformation may benefit from surgery in which the existing opening in the back of the skull is enlarged.

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What is arnold-chiari malformation? - Arnold-Chiari malformation is a condition in which the back of the brain (cerebellum) extends down into the upper spinal canal.
What causes Arnold-Chairi malformation? - Mild Chiari malformations may result from low CSF pressure. Chiari I malformations are a result of the smallest herniation of an otherwise normal hindbrain.
What're the symptoms of Arnold-Chairi malformation? - Common symptoms of Arnold-Chairi malformation include headaches, neck pain, dizziness, vision problems, balance problems and muscle weakness.
How is Arnold-Chairi malformation diagnosed? - When the diagnosis is suspected, the study of choice is an MRI. The MR scan is the best way to diagnose a Chiari malformation.
What's the treatment for Arnold-Chairi malformation? - Arnold-Chiari Malformation may benefit from surgery in which the existing opening in the back of the skull is enlarged.
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