Chiari Malformation Questions & Answers

Updated: Sep 27, 2018
  • Author: Peyman Pakzaban, MD; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is Chiari malformation?

What are the classifications of Chiari malformation?

How is Chiari malformation diagnosed?

What are the treatment options for Chiari malformation?

What are possible complications of Chiari malformation?

What is Chiari type I malformation?

What is Chiari type II malformation?

What are Chiari type III and type IV malformations?

What is the prevalence of Chiari malformation?

What causes Chiari malformation?

What is the pathophysiology of the Chiari type I malformation?

What is the pathophysiology of the Chiari type II malformation?

How are Chiari type I and type II malformations differentiated?

When is surgery indicated for Chiari type I malformation?

When is surgery indicated for Chiari type II malformation?

What is the anatomy relevant to Chiari malformation?

What are the contraindications to surgery for Chiari malformation?

Workup

What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of Chiari malformation?

What is the role of lab studies in the evaluation of Chiari malformation?

Treatment

What is the role of medication in the treatment of Chiari malformation?

What are the goals of surgical therapy for Chiari malformation?

What is the efficacy of surgical intervention for treatment of Chiari malformation?

What is included in preoperative care for Chiari malformation?

How is surgery performed for treatment of Chiari malformation?

What is included in postoperative care of patients with Chiari malformation?

What is included in long-term monitoring following surgery for Chiari malformation?

What are the possible surgical complications of Chiari malformation?

What is the prognosis of Chiari malformation following surgery?

Why is surgery for Chiari malformation controversial?