A Chiari malformation is a malformation of the cerebellum, the region at the bottom part of the brain that controls balance and motor control. A Chiari malformation is a very severe neurological defect that causes the cerebellum to descend outside of the skull.
This pressure on the cerebellum can block the liquid surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord, This is called cerebrospinal fluid. In some cases, blockage of the cerebrospinal fluid can cause a cyst, known as a syrinx, to form.
The expansion of this cyst can damage the spinal cord, which can cause hand weakness, sensory loss, and possible paralysis. Chiari malformation can be classified as three separate types, the most common Chiari malformation is Type 1. Chiari I malformations typically occur at birth. They are usually do not have symptoms until the symptoms are prompted as a result of a injury trauma from an accident accident. If you have been in an accident and you experience these symptoms, only a medical professional can diagnose your medical situation:
It can cause headaches, fatigue, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing (sometimes accompanied by gagging), choking and vomiting, dizziness, nausea, tinnitus, impaired coordination, neck pain, unsteady gait (problems with balance), poor hand coordination (fine motor skills), numbness and tingling of the hands and feet, and speech problems (such as hoarseness).
Less often, people with Chiari malformation may experience ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus), weakness, slow heart rhythm, curvature of the spine (scoliosis) related to spinal cord impairment, abnormal breathing, such as central sleep apnea, characterized by periods of breathing cessation during sleep, and, in severe cases, paralysis.
The vast majority of persons with Chiari 1 Malformation are not even aware that they have a Chiari 1 malformation until being diagnosed by a doctor. Diagnosis of a Chiari 1 malformation is made through consultations with a neurologist and are further confirmed through an MRI. Although every case is unique, a decompressive surgery of the opening of the base of the skull, known as the foramen magnum, may be necessary to correct the defect.
Contact our Chiari Malformation Attorneys if you or a loved one has been suffering from Chiari malformation Type 1 symptoms resulting from a trauma caused by someone else or if you have been a victim of medical malpractice due to a surgical attempt to correct Chiari 1 Malformation. We understand the pain and trauma that comes from medical mistakes and will fight to ensure you receive the proper outcome to rectify your injuries. Contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney or personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Michael O’Day to review your Chiari Malformation case today.
This is for informational purposes only and a doctor is the only one who can diagnose your medical situation.
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