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At Boston Children’s Hospital, we understand that a diagnosis of a brain abnormality such as Chiari malformation comes with many questions and concerns for parents and families. We’ve provided straightforward information about Chiari malformation here, and when you meet with our team of doctors, they’ll be able to explain your child’s condition and options fully. Learning more about your child’s diagnosis and treatment options is a great way to become an active participant in his medical management.
Type I and Type II Chiari malformation both cause brain tissue to protrude into the space at the back of the skull. However, there are a few differences that distinguish these two conditions:
The causes of type I and type II Chiari malformations are different.
The symptoms of type I Chiari malformation and type II Chiari malformation are different.
Other symptoms of type I can include:
Build-up of fluid in the brain (hydrocephalus) occurs in the majority of children with type II Chiari malformation. Older children may notice head pain with a cough or a sneeze, bending over, strenuous physical activities, or straining to have a bowel movement.
More frequently, children with type II Chiari malformation have problems with the function of the nerves in the brain stem, such as:
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