What is Chiari malformation caused by?
An acquired Chiari malformation type I happens to a person after birth. It is caused by excess leaking of spinal fluid from the lower back (lumbar) or chest (thoracic) areas of the spine. This can happen because of an injury, contact with harmful substances, or an infection.
Is Chiari malformation a tumor?
Generally, any condition that takes up space within the skull, especially within the posterior fossa of the skull, can cause an acquired Chiari malformation. Such conditions include tumors, an arachnoid cyst, and hematomas.
What body system does Chiari malformation effect?
Body systems harmed by Arnold-Chiari malformation. Arnold-Chiari malformation affects the brain, nerves, spine, and spinal cord.
What is the life expectancy of someone with syringomyelia?
The life expectancy of people with syringomyelia depends on the severity of each case. Life expectancy is generally similar to that of the general population, but in cases where syringomyelia manifests itself severely and surgical intervention is needed, the prognosis can be worse and life expectancy less than that of the general population.
What are Chiari Type III and Type IV malformations?
With type III Chiari malformation, the brain tissue protrudes through an unnatural opening in the skull. Chiari malformation type IV is a related condition in which the cerebellum is underdeveloped . Because Chiari malformations and symptoms differ considerably from person to person, it’s important to learn the differences between the different types of Chiari malformation and what doctors can do to correct the defect and relieve symptoms.
What to expect after Chiari surgery?
Following traditional Chiari malformation surgery, you can expect to be on activity restrictions for 6-12 weeks. This includes limits on exercise, lifting and household activities, which are gradually lifted as your body heals.