AreChiari I malformations serious?

The severity of Chiari malformations can vary from person to person, but generally:

  • Chiari I malformations aren't considered life-threatening
  • some people experience painful headaches, movement problems and other unpleasant symptoms(see below), but many people won't have any symptoms
  • there'sa chance of developingsyringomyelia (where a fluid-filled cavity called asyrinxdevelops in the spinal cord), which can damagethe spinal cord if not treated promptly
  • surgerycan usually stopthe symptoms getting worseand can sometimes improve them, although someproblems may remain

Talk to your doctor about what the condition means, what the implications may be for your health and what treatment you may need.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018