Revision of Chiari decompression for patients with recurrent syrinx

Daniel S. Yanni, Antonios Mammis, Koji Ebersole, Chan Roonprapunt, Chandranath Sen, Noel I. Perin

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Abstract

The management of adult patients with Chiari malformation associated with syrinx remains controversial. Although an abundance of literature exists for the pediatric population, there is an absence of guidelines for the adult population. It is unclear which of the different surgical approaches is appropriate in patients with Chiari I malformations and syringomyelia. A 36-year-old female patient had a posterior fossa decompression 3 years prior to recurrence. The patient developed recurrent symptoms with sensory loss and hyperesthesia in the right upper extremity. MRI revealed decreased cerebrospinal fluid flow at the craniocervical junction. The patient was taken to the operating room for revision of the posterior fossa decompression, lysis of adhesions and duraplasty. Re-exploration of a Chiari decompression, lysis of adhesions and revision duraplasty is an effective treatment option for recurrent syringomyelia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1076-1079
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Volume17
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chiari malformation
  • Duraplasty
  • Recurrent
  • Revision
  • Suboccipital decompression
  • Syringomyelia
  • Syrinx

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