Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Craniocervical spinal instability after type 1 Arnold Chiari decompression: a case report

Buy Article:

$52.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

To present and describe an unusual case of spinal instability after craniocervical spinal decompression for a type-1 Chiari malformation. Type-1 Chiari malformation is a craniocervical disorder characterized by tonsillar displacement greater than 5 mm into the vertebral canal; posterior fossa decompression is the most common surgical treatment for this condition. Postoperative complications have been described: cerebrospinal fluid leak, pseudomeningocele, aseptic meningitis, wound infection, and neurological deficit. However, instability after decompression is unusual. A 9-year-old female presented with symptomatic torticollis after cervical decompression for a type-1 Chiari malformation. Spinal instability was diagnosed; craniocervical stabilization was performed. After a 12-month follow-up, spinal stability was achieved, with a satisfactory clinical neck alignment. We present a craniocervical instability secondary to surgical decompression; clinical and radiological symptoms, and definitive treatment were described.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: Arnold Chiari complications; Arnold Chiari malformation; Arnold–Chiari treatment; cervical fixation; cervical instability; craniocervical disorder; craniocervical instability; posterior fossa decompression; spinal instability; vertebral artery injury

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Orthopaedics Institute ‘Prof Dr Carlos E Ottolenghi’, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Publication date: January 1, 2017

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more