What Are Symptoms and Risk Factors of Chiari Malformation?

Q:
What are symptoms and risk factors of Chiari malformation?

A:
Severe headache is the most common symptom of Chiari malformation.

People with Chiari malformation type I may also have following symptoms:

  • Neck pain.
  • Unsteady gait.
  • Poor hand coordination.
  • Numbness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.
  • Vision problems.
  • Hoarseness.

People with Chiari malformation type III may feel:

  • Changes in breathing pattern.
  • Swallowing problems like gagging.
  • Quick downward eye movements.
  • Weakness in arms.

People with Chiari malformation type III have neurological problems and will even pass away.

Some evidence shows that people whose family members have Chiari malformation are more likely to have it. However, there has not been a conclusion.

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