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Chiari MalformationType 1 (CM1) Overview

Our team of pediatric experts offers leading-edge diagnosis and treatment with the gentlest touch for children with Chiari malformations and other skull anomalies.

A condition called Chiari malformation type 1 (CM1) causes a small part of the brain to impede the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from the head into the cervical spine. This abnormality can increase pressure in the brain and cause waves of CSF to pulse down the spinal column. If left untreated, CM1 can cause painful, disruptive and sometimes disabling symptoms. Although the structural abnormalities of most cases of CM1 are present at birth, symptoms usually don’t appear until late childhood or early adolescence, when most cases are diagnosed. Some common symptoms include headaches, dizziness, sleep and vision problems, and depression.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is a West Coast Chiari Destination Center, and its team of top pediatric neurosurgery specialists successfully repairs  many chiari malformations each year. Our evolving diagnostic and surgical techniques minimize discomfort and recovery time and maximize the safety and effectiveness of each procedure. After surgery, most of our young patients are able to return to active and healthy lives.

To learn more about CM1, view the Conditions page. To read more about the treatment for CM1, view the Treatments page or call us today at: (844) 204-4531 to learn more about our Brain and Behavior Center.