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What is the percentage of americans with Arnold Chiari Type I Malformation Syndrome?

Arnold Chiari Type I Malformation is a swellingat the base of the cerebellum at the point of connection with the spinal cord.

Until recent years, CM1 was regarded as a rare condition. With the increased availability of magnetic resonance imaging, the number of reported cases has risen sharply. Current estimates range from 200,000 to 2 million Americans with the condition. Genetic studies spearheaded by Dr. Milhorat support a hereditary tendency with a transmissibility rate of 12 percent. Women are affected three times more often than men. Approximately 3,500 Chiari operations are performed each year in the United States.

I had surgery to correct mine about 12 years ago, they had to cut off about 2 inches off the buttom of my skull.  (+ info)

Has anyone ever heard of Chiari One Syndrome?

I was recently misdiagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (relapsing/remitting). Now I have an appointment with a Chiari specialist and I'm not sure what to expect. I've been researching and have found that there is not a lot of literature out there, nor has anyone heard of it, as I hadn't before my diagnosis. Any information or stories about someone who has this would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Chiari's Syndrome is a genetic condition in which a malformation at the base of the skull presses on the base of the brain causing chronic fatigue. It usually shows up by the late teen years.

In some cases, chronic fatigue can be caused by pressure on the nerves in the neck or the base of the brain. The name for this is "Chiari's Syndrome". It is genetic malformation at the base of the skull. Surgery may be able to correct the condition.

Chiari's syndrome was first described by Dr. Chiari over 100 years ago. It can cause chronic fatigue in some people. Other neck injuries can also cause fatigue. If you have neck problems, you may want to consult a reputable neurosurgeon and get an MRI. If your CFS began in your teens or early twenties, it may be worthwhile to investigate this.

Chiari and other neck problems are being diagnosed with greater accuracy these days. Many neck injuries do not show up on X-ray. It was not until recent years and the availability of MRIs that a good diagnostic tool was available.  (+ info)

my mum has arnold chiari syndrome i trying 2 find out what the average life expectancy is for people with this?

my mum has been diagnosed with arnold chiari and recent has been told that she will not live to as long as a normal fit person she is 47 and i am trying to find out what the average age expectancy is for someone who has got arnold chiari please can someone try help me as i am very concerned and need some guidance regards

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Does anyone know someome who has Arnold Chiari syndrome and suffers from a dry cough 4 over a year?

No , but for dry cough due to dryness in the throat, suck a few pepper corns. More remedies at http://useinfo6.blogspot.com/  (+ info)

what is Arnold-Chiari 1 syndrome?

my MRI showed I have Arnold chiari 1 and I looked it up but I dont understand what it is what it can do. Will it make these affects Sleepy day and night,dizzy,head achs,fainting or black outs,for getting what happend earlier in the day???? Cuz thats whats going on

Arnold Chiari Malformation - parts of the lower cerebellum (cerebellar tonsils) accidentally entered the foramen magnum. The foramen magnum is an opening at the base of the skull that allows the brainstem (upper spinal cord) to connect with the rest of the body. Since both the brainstem and lower cerebellum (cerebellar tonsils) are now in the foramen magnum, they both get squeezed or compressed. The treatment is surgical decompression. The surgeons will try to decrease the pressure in the brain. The brain communicates with the rest of the body through the brainstem and the brainstem contains many important structures like the respiratory center and the sleep center (reticular formation). If these structures are compressed they can cause problems with staying awake and breathing. In addition, Arnold Chiari Malformation may compound the problem of hydrocephalus by blocking the spinal fluid pathway. Depending on the severity of the disorder, I suggest you talk to your doctor about treatment methods.  (+ info)

What is the name of the syndrome that the person may appear to have facial characteristics of down's syndrome?

I previously watched a documentary about sufferers of a syndrome whose facial features appeared to be down's syndrome but it wasn't down's syndrome. The grow to be quite large adults and have special needs. Does anyone know the name of this condition?

Klinefelter syndrome  (+ info)

Are there different types of Down syndrome and what areas of the body does Down syndrome affect? ?

Also, are there any significant statistics related to Down syndrome? Has Down syndrome received any recent attention from the media? Are there any famous people that have Down syndrome.
Answer as many of the above questions as possible.

There are three types of Down syndrome, garden variety Trisomy 21, mosaicism and translocation.

Read more at:

Welcoming Babies with Down Syndrome (English, Spanish, French)

There is a slide show that also incorporates videos of the featured 'More Alike than Different' cast at the National Down Syndrome Congress website:


And great information at the National Down Syndrome Society website:
Down Syndrome Fact Sheet

You might also enjoy

Margaret's Guide to Down Syndrome

For bios of actors with Down syndrome, see:

Down Syndrome and the Acting Gene


DS in Arts and Media


Michael Johnson


Sujeet Desai

Down Syndrome Links at the Family Village website

Check out this recent New York Times article:

The DNA Age: Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus

Have fun with your research!
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What is so bad about having down syndrome?

I think people are a lot colder than they want you to believe. Too many pregnancies prediagnosed with down syndrome are terminated! Doctors tell people that their kid will be like some animal and people believe them. I've met my share of people with down syndrome, and they all seem pretty human to me. On top of that, they were all decent folks, which is a lot more than I can say for the general population. And how does knowing that unborn children are purged because of down syndrome affect those who were born and have down syndrome?

WOW!! I'm so glad that there are other people who's lives have been touched as mine has. See when I was 28 I gave birth to twin girls and one of them was born with Mosaic down syndrome. Of course, I didn't know much about it til now....and yes I was shocked. They are 14 months old now, and such a blessing as well as my two boys. My daughter is about 4 months behind in her milestones, but she is always so happy! Out of all my kids she is the easiest to handle.

It's always nice to have other people, who see that they are more alike, then different from the rest of us.  (+ info)

What is the syndrome called when you cannot feel physical pain?

I remember watching a show a long time ago, and this one little girl was born with a syndrome where she could never feel pain. If she fell on the floor and cut her knee, she wouldn't cry, whereas most children would.

What is this called? Is it a syndrome? Is it a medical condition? I just want to know what it's called, and I can do the research on it.

It is for a story I am writing but I don't entirely know what it is.

It's called "congenital insensitivity to pain"  (+ info)

What syndrome would someone have that the doctor would need to put them on bloodthinners?

My sister is 18 and just moved out here from MN to go to school. She has had many medical problems and been to several doctors. She recently told me that the doctor said there was something wrong with her blood and she needs to be put on blood thinners for the rest of her life. What syndrome could this be?

There are several, but the first that comes to mind is Factor-V (five).  (+ info)

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