Chiari Malformations are structural defects in the brain that develop before birth. Left untreated, they can cause severe headaches, pain, and paralysis. If you have been diagnosed with a Chiari Malformation, contact Dr. David Chang to discuss your neurosurgical treatment options. Dr. Chang has years of experience successfully treating Chiari Malformation patients in Minnesota.
Chiari Malformation Causes & Symptoms
A Chiari Malformation (also known as an Arthur-Chiari Malformation) is defect in the structural make-up of the cerebellum – the area of the brain that’s responsible for controlling balance. Most Chiari Malformations develop in the fetus – the result of genetic factors, or the mother’s diet causing a defect in the skull. The malformation can press downward, putting pressure on your brain and pushing brain tissue into the spinal column. A person can also develop a Chiari Malformation as an adult, but this is much rarer.
Here are a few of the common symptoms that could indicate a Chiari Malformation diagnosis:
- Balance issues
- Muscle weakness
- Vision problems
If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, make an appointment with a spinal neurosurgeon to diagnose and treat the condition.
Surgery for Chiari Malformation in Roseville
Chiari Malformations often negatively impact the nerves in the spine and brain. If left untreated, this can result in intense pain, permanent nerve damage, and paralysis. Some medications can control symptoms of the condition, but surgery is the only treatment option that can stop the progression of the malformation. Surgery is aimed at reducing pressure on the brain and spine, and allowing fluid to pass normally from brain to spine.
Make an appointment with Minnesota Neurosurgeon Dr. David Chang today to discuss your options for surgically treating Chiari Malformation – 651.430.3800.