What other symptoms might occur with Chiari malformation?

Symptoms that occur with Chiari malformation typically result from the excess pressure on the brain caused by the malformation.

Neurological symptoms that may occur along with Chiari malformation

Chiari malformation may accompany other symptoms affecting the brain including:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Facial numbness
  • Headache
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Neck pain
  • Pain that worsens with coughing, sneezing, or stretching the neck

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, Chiari malformation may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care if you, or someone you are with, have Chiari malformation along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or inability to breathe, labored breathing, wheezing, or choking

What is Chiari malformation?

Chiari malformation refers to a deformity of the cerebellum. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that controls coordination and movement execution. It is located at the back and lower portion of the brain. In Chiari malformation, the cerebellum and brainstem are compressed, which can lead to fluid buildup and other neurological symptoms. Several types of Chiari malformations exist, most o... Read more about chiari malformationintroduction


What causes Chiari malformation?

Chiari malformation is a congenital disorder (present at birth). The underlying cause of Chiari malformation is not known. It is suspected that some forms of Chiari malformation may be hereditary, but genetic variations responsible for the condition have not been identified.

What are the potential complications of Chiari malformation?

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2013 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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