I can help with questions on Chiari malformation and related disorders like ADHD, Hidden learning disorder, Autisms, Tethered cord syndrome, Pseudo-Tumor, Spina bifida, Syringomyelia, Hydrocephalus, I went four years with not getting proper help for my son with Education and Medical issues. The Chiari type I malformation is a rare, neuromuscular deformity at which most Neurosurgeons believe it is present at birth. The brain exists in a cavity surrounded by bone. The brainstem normally sits in a funnel-like cavity just above the spinal cord. The problem occurs when the posterior fossa is not developed properly. Instead of the brainstem sitting in its proper space, the brainstem is pushed downward through the skull, causing pressure on the cerebellum and spinal cord Another concerns is the normal flow of CSF through this area because the cerebellum are pushed into the opening of the base of the skull meeting the spine can cause obstruction to its natural flow. (This downward displacement of the cerebellar tonsils is called the Chiari malformation.)
December 2000 my son went in for brain decompression his Filum released (Tethered cord syndrome) as these are not a done deal surgery and we have years of doctor appointment and possible more surgery's, my heart and soul is in the understanding and research of this condition that the Doctor said my son was born with, as I am finding out this can be a genetic disorder as my self I have been diagnosed with Chiari and my oldest son has Scoliosis which is a sign of Chiari malformation.Because this is a rare disorder not to many people know of it or understand the disability that can come with it if left untreated, this is my goal to bring more awareness and be a support to those who have been told they too may have Chiari Malformation.
The Organization that I belong to is Our Chiari kids, Keeping kids healthy, Child care network,
Basic child care resource, Child developement, Child Behavior,
Reaching to new heights in the research of chiari Malformation. http://icanlearn.homestead.com/monkeynoseenodo.html