Symptomsof Chiari I malformations

Many people with a Chiari I malformation will not have any symptoms. Sometimes they'reonly foundafter an (MRI) scanof the brainis carried out for another reason.

If symptoms do develop, theycan include:

  • headaches these areusually feltat the back of the headand may be brought on or made worse by coughing, straining,sneezing or bending over
  • neck pain
  • dizzinessand balance problems
  • muscle weakness
  • numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
  • blurred vision,double vision and sensitivity to light
  • swallowing problems
  • hearing lossand tinnitus
  • feeling and being sick
  • difficulty sleeping (insomnia) and depression

If you developsyringomyelia, you may also experience problems using your hands, difficulty walking, pain, and problems with bladder or bowel control.

If you've been diagnosed with a Chiari malformation, you should contact your doctor for advice if you develop any new symptoms or your symptoms worsen.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018