Medical Articles

Friday, July 20, 2012
Medical Article

This study, which is scheduled to be published in August, evaluated MRIs of 10 patients before and after posterior fossa decompression of Chiari I malformations. Researchers studied the diffusion tensor imaging changes (Fractional Anisotropy - FA and Apparent Diffusion Coefficient - ADC) before and after Chiari surgery and correlated findings with clinical and radiological presentation. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Friday, July 13, 2012
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Decompression surgery is commonly applied as treatment for Chiari I, an entity which is associated with a variety of presenting symptoms but little data correlating symptoms to surgical outcome. In a study published on Monday in Illinois, researchers applied the Chicago Chiari Outcome Scale, a novel 16-point tool for evaluating outcome, to a consecutive series of Chiari I patients to identify specific factors or symptoms that predispose to a better or worse surgical outcome. CLICK HERE TO READ THE STUDY

Friday, July 6, 2012
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This study was published on June 21 and comes from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) is a syndrome of elevated intracranial pressure without hydrocephalus, mass, or identifiable cause. A subset of patients with IIH may have tonsillar ectopia, meeting the criteria for Chiari I but not responding to surgical decompression for Chiari I. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STUDY

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
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This study, which was posted online on June 29, comes from Oklahoma. It looks at 48 patients (ages two to 17, with an average age of 9.8 years) that had posterior fossa decompression and duraplasty. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Friday, June 29, 2012
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This study is from the University of Utah and was published online on June 22. Patients who fail to respond to decompression surgery often have complex anomalies of the craniovertebral junction and brainstem compression, requiring reduction and occipitocervical fusion. READ FULL STUDY

Friday, June 22, 2012
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This study from Cleveland, Ohio, presents a 40-year-old woman with Chiari I. The researchers describe the airway management with an acute, occult pontine infarct status post craniectomy and cervical laminectomy for decompression of Chiari in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU). READ FULL STUDY

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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This study comes from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and presents a 49-year-old man with Charcot joint of the shoulder and a rare complication: the first known example of combined neurovascular compression in this location. The patient's Chiari I malformation resulted in syringomyelia, which in turn led to a Charcot shoulder joint. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STUDY

Thursday, June 14, 2012
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This study from China looks at 76 Chiari I sufferers and 56 of them also have syringomyelia. The goal was to explore the surgical effect of cerebellar tonsillectomy with suboccipital decompression and duraplasty on each of them.  The surgical efficacy on clinical symptoms and syringomyelia were overall evaluated and analyzed. CLICK HERE FOR MORE (INCLUDES ONE SURGERY IMAGE)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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Earlier today, we reported on a young boy with Chiari 1.5. What is Chiari 1.5? CLICK HERE

Thursday, June 7, 2012
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This study was published on Monday and comes from Helsinki, Finland. Can asymptomatic patients with existing Chiari I benefit from cranial vault remodeling surgery? CLICK HERE TO READ THE STUDY