Chiari Malformation Symptoms and Treatment

Chiari Malformation is a rare condition sometimes apparent at birth where the cerebellum – the portion of the brain that controls body movement – protrudes into the spinal canal, keeping spinal fluid from normal flow.

  • Symptoms: Headaches in the back in the head, weakness particularly in the hands, pain or numbness in the face, arms or legs, difficulty swallowing and dizziness, double vision, lack of coordination and ringing in the ears.
  • Treatment: Surgery usually relieves pressure on the brainstem and spinal cord. To see all of Hoag's treatment options for Chiari Malformation see our Spine Treatment Options page.