Syringomyelia associated with Chiari i malformation

Marta Lucchetta, Annachiara Cagnin, Milena Calderone, Renzo Manara, Antonino Rotilio, Chiara Briani

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An 18-year-old man with progressive paraparesis, thermal hypoesthesia, sweating abnormalities, bladder dysfunction, severe orthostatic hypotension, bilateral Babinski sign, underwent a brain MRI scan that showed downward displacement of cerebellar tonsils through the foramen magnum, consistent with Chiari I malformation, compression of the brainstem-spinal cord junction, and C1-D11 syringomyelia (6.5 mm diameter at C2 level) consistent with Chiari I syndrome. Suboccipital craniectomy and duraplasty were performed. A C2 partial laminectomy and ablation of posterior arch of the atlas was performed. MRI scans 4 days and 1 month after surgery showed a dramatic syringomyelia reabsorption (2.5 and 1 mm, respectively) associated with complete clinical recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-526
Number of pages2
JournalNeurological Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


  • Chiari I malformation
  • MRI
  • Syringomyelia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology


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