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How to Treat Chiari Malformation?
- There are four types. Commonest is type 1
- Surgery is indicated only if there are symptoms. or syringomyelia(dilatations of spinal cord center)
- Surgery is the mainstay. Decompression surgery is considered. Small piece of bone is removed from the base of the skull as well from the top of the spine
- Other procedures considered are Endoscopic third ventriculostomy(decompresses the blockage), VP shunt(to drain the CSF), Untethering or spinal fixation