What is Chiari Malformation?
Chiari Malformation is a condition where the lower part of the brain (the cerebellum) protrudes down into the spinal canal. CM is divided into 4 classifications that range from mild to severe. It is not uncommon for children who have Chiari Malformations to also suffer from hydrocephalus (excess fluid in the brain), spina bifida (opening of the spine), syringomyelia (excess fluid in the spinal cord), or some inherited conditions. (i.e. dwarfism)