What Is A Cerebellar Hernia?

What Is A Cerebellar Hernia?

People with a cerebellar hernia are called to have an “Arnold Chiari Syndrome”. It actually is a congenital anomaly, that is, it has existed since the infancy of the patient; however, complaints such as headache, neck pain, burning sensation in the arms or legs, weakness of the legs and arms due to the damage in the spinal cord just below this herniation may be delayed until adult ages.

In these patients, when the cerebellum is released from the place where it is squeezed by an operation performed by the neurosurgeon – when cerebellar herniation is treated – both the patient’s complaints are relieved and more severe damage is avoided. For example, a “syringomyelia”, that is, a cyst seen in the spinal cord and even a moderate scoliosis, can disappear when the Arnold Chiari Syndrome is corrected.

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