Arnold-Chiari malformation


Ar·​nold-Chi·​ari malformation ˈär-nᵊld-kē-ˈär-ē- How to pronounce Arnold-Chiari malformation (audio)
: a congenital abnormality in which the lower surface of the cerebellum and the lower brain stem protrude into the spinal canal through the foramen magnum
She was born with Arnold-Chiari malformation, a rare and random birth defect that occurs, according to one study, in about 8 of 100,000 people. A deformity of the base of the skull and spine, it can cause chronic pain and loss of balance.Arthur Allen, The Washington Post

Note: Arnold-Chiari malformation often occurs with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. It is classified as a type of Chiari malformation.

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Arnold-Chiari malformation


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“Arnold-Chiari malformation.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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