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Myasthenia Gravis

Chiari malformation

03/28/2008

Question:

At the age of 38, I have been diagnosed with Mild Chiari Malformation Syndrome. It has me a little freaked out. What can I expect? Does it typically get worse or remain the same?

Answer:

If this is only Grade I Chiari Malformation without any compression on the brain stem, then it is a pretty benign entity that does not require any surgical intervention. It usually does not get worse. It looks like you may be anxious, so I suggest you consult with a Neurosurgeon at an academic institution. If he determines nothing to worry about, then you should be reassured. Best Regards.

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Response by:

Yousef  Mohammad, MD, MSc Yousef Mohammad, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor
Director, Stroke Fellowship Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University