Several students and staff members on the Wayne County School campus have been diagnosed with Chiari Malformation. There are different types of this condition and all the local individuals have different types. Those with this condition are asking everyone to wear the color Purple today, on September 25th to learn more about Chiari Malformation.
Chiari malformation (kee-AH-ree mal-for-MAY-shun) is a condition in which brain tissue extends into your spinal canal. It occurs when part of your skull is abnormally small or misshapen, pressing on your brain and forcing it downward.
Chiari malformation is uncommon, but increased use of imaging tests has led to more frequent diagnoses.
Doctors categorize Chiari malformation into three types, depending on the anatomy of the brain tissue that is displaced into the spinal canal and whether developmental abnormalities of the brain or spine are present.
Treatment of Chiari malformation depends on the form, severity and associated symptoms. Regular monitoring, medications and surgery are treatment options. In some cases, no treatment is needed.