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Chiari Malformation


Malformation that may occur with development of the baby or in later life. The malformation consists of a protrusion of the bottom portion of the cerebellum into the upper portion of the spinal canal. This malformation can lead to headaches, arm or leg symptoms, or problems with the nerves that supply the head and neck. When appropriately diagnosed, treatment can consist of surgical decompression of the base of the brain. Other treatments such as spinal fluid diversion (shunting) may also be considered depending on the cause of the malformation.