Chiari & Syringomyelia

Chiari Malformation

Chiari malformation (CM) is a malformation of the back part of the brain where the space for the brain stem and cerebellum is insufficient causing downward displacement of these tissues through the opening at the base of the skull called the foramen magnum. Treatment is reserved only for patients who develop problems directly related to the Chiari malformation. There are countless problems that can arise from a CM, but the most common are neck pain, visual disturbances, change in pitch/volume of the voice or cry, difficulty with swallowing (especially liquids), worsening of arm/leg strength, sleep apnea or syringomyelia (fluid build-up within the spinal cord).

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Dr. Veetai Li

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Dr. Veetai Li areas of expertise are: pediatric neurosurgery, including congenital neurosurgical conditions; brain tumors; surgical…

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Dr. Renée Reynolds

MD FAANS

Dr. Reynolds’ areas of expertise are: pediatric neurosurgery, including congenital neurosurgical conditions; brain tumors; surgical management…

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Pediatric Neurosurgery Locations

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  • Gates Vascular Institute

  • Oishei Children’s Hospital and Outpatient Center

  • Comprehensive Neuroscience Center

Surgical Locations:  Sisters of Charity Hospital, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo General Medical Center, Gates Vascular Institute, Kenmore Mercy Hospital

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