Neurology Community
Chiari 1
About This Community:

This forum is for questions and support regarding neurology issues such as: Alzheimer's Disease, ALS, Autism, Brain Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Pain, Epilepsy, Headaches, MS, Neuralgia, Neuropathy, Parkinson's Disease, RSD, Sleep Disorders, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Chiari 1

My husband was diagnosed with a Chiari 1 malformation about a month ago. This was after an episode in which he passed out. He was in the hospital for a week while they ran tests. In the last month we have seen specialists and they all agree he does have this condition, but none seem to think it is the cause for these "episodes". in the last month he has lost conciousness a total of 4 times, and all either start with a sharp pain in the back of the head or it is an after effect after waking up, He is 36 years old and no history other that high blood pressure.

my question being if this is not the cause what else could we bee looking at to cause these? All the tests showed no stroke, and it was not believed to be seizure (which he has never had before). Is there something we should be looking at that MRI, MRA, and CT scans would not show. Or is this "blackout" due to Chiari more common than our doctors are aware of. Thanks in advance for any help.
Tags: Chiari 1
Related Discussions
1093617_tn?1279305602
Thank you very much for your question; although it is quite hard for me to give you a precise opinion here without being able to examine him, but I would try to provide you some relevant information about his health concern.

In Chiari malformations, the pressure in brain increases which manifests itself as dizziness, diplopia (blurring of vision), migraine like headaches, muscle weakness, facial pain, hearing problems, and extreme fatigue. Sometimes this malformation causes dizziness like you have while working with hands above the shoulder level. Treatment of Chiari malformation depends on the form, severity and associated symptoms. No treatment is required in asymptomatic cases other than regular monitoring. Symptomatic patients may require surgery (posterior fossa decompression surgery). The requirement and pros and cons of surgery in your case should be discussed with your doctor as he knows the severity of problem. Hope this helps.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Neurology Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
How to Silence Your Inner Critic an...
Apr 16 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eaters: How to Silence Yo...
Mar 26 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
1344197_tn?1392822771
Blank
Vaginal vs. Laparoscopic Hysterecto...
Feb 19 by J. Kyle Mathews, MD, DVMBlank
Top Neurology Answerers
620923_tn?1393294254
Blank
selmaS
Allentown, PA
352007_tn?1372861481
Blank
LisaJF
1780921_tn?1384615710
Blank
flipper336
Chandler, AZ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Joiedecour
Indianapolis, IN
900662_tn?1380159390
Blank
johnniebear
chicago area, IL
1667208_tn?1333111449
Blank
zygy2
NH