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Chiari Malformation



Above is a general drawing of what was Vernessa's problem.  It is called Chiari Malformation


"Chiari malformations are defects in the structural design of a personís cerebellum. This malformation most often occurs before birth, but in rare cases symptoms can develop in adults."


Overview from the Mayo Clinic

"Chiari malformation is uncommon, but increased use of imaging tests has led to more frequent diagnoses.

Doctors categorize Chiari malformation into three types, depending on the anatomy of the brain tissue that is displaced into the spinal canal and whether developmental abnormalities of the brain or spine are present.

Chiari malformation type I develops as the skull and brain are growing. As a result, signs and symptoms may not occur until late childhood or adulthood (This is what Vernessa had). The pediatric forms, Chiari malformation type II and type III, are present at birth (congenital).

Treatment of Chiari malformation depends on the form, severity and associated symptoms. Regular monitoring, medications and surgery are treatment options. In some cases, no treatment is needed."



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