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Chiari I malformation is defined as descent of the lower part of the brain, specifically the tonsils of the cerebellum, into the upper spinal canal. This malformation can lead to symptoms ranging from headaches and neck pain to trouble with swallowing, irregular breathing, noisy breathing, abnormal eye movements, clumsiness or drop attacks. Research efforts are under way at Cincinnati Children’s to study the genetics of familial cases of this condition as well as to better understand its different presentations. Additionally, Cincinnati Children's has been at the forefront of tailoring the surgical approach for this condition to the unique pathophysiology found intraoperatively for each patient. Learn more about our treatment services and research that is under way to help children and their families better manage this disease.
The Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Division (MIND) at Cincinnati Children’s strives to minimize the trauma of surgery, both for the patient and the delicate tissues of the nervous system. Minimally invasive surgery focuses on reducing pain and blood loss, shortening recovery time and hospital stay and finding new techniques to reduce scarring during surgery. Using advanced techniques, and technology such as Stereotactic Minimal Access Resection Technique (SMART) surgery, we provide minimally invasive options for children facing a range of neurosurgical procedures and their parents. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children's.
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