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."
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
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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