05/21/07 #6 - Hernia at back of brain, surgery?

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    I had an MRI early last week and received a call from my doctor today with the results. Since I was on my way to work at the time, I wasn't able to write down the exact phrase he used. What he told me surprised me - he said everything looked normal, but that the MRI showed a small hernia at the back of my brain that was putting pressure on my spinal cord. I'm planning to make an appointment with a neurosurgeon as soon as the weekend is over. I was hoping for any insight you could offer as to what I might expect from this process, as well as information on what might've caused the hernia (my doctor didn't mention anything as a cause for it). Christy.

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    Answer:

    Dear Christy;

    Your physician may be referring to something called an Arnold-Chiari malformation. These can be associated with headaches or not at all. Causes included being born with it or trauma, as in brain injury. I've seen a number of case who had surgery and still had the headaches and required treatment anyway. Gather opinions but be careful about surgery.

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: May 20, 2007