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Chiari malformation

Watch our video and read, or download, our booklet that provides information on Chiari malformation

Understanding Chiari malformation

Watch this video to learn what a Chiari malformation is, how it is diagnosed and what types of treatment may help.

Our booklet

Our publications are designed as guides for people affected by brain and spine conditions, their families and carers. We aim to reduce uncertainty and anxiety by providing clear, concise, accurate and helpful information, and by answering the common questions that people ask. Our publications are Information Standard certified and this means any medical information is evidence-based and accounts for current best practice guidelines and standards of care.

This booklet provides information on Chiari malformations. It provides information on:

  • What a Chiari malformation is
  • Common symptoms of a Chiari malformation and other associated conditions
  • Tests and investigations you might need
  • Possible treatments that might help
  • Recovery and rehabilitation
  • Returning to everyday activities.

Sources of further support and information are listed in the Useful Contacts section at the end of the booklet.

Our Helpline team are also here to answer your questions and provide practical and emotional support. Call 0808 808 1000.



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Have you been affected by Chiari malformations or associated conditions? Join our online community 'Chiari Malformations - A Space For You' on Facebook and interact with people with similar life experiences.

Health and lifestyle tips

Health and lifestyle tips

Browse through this section of our website for information on healthy lifestyle habits and tips on how to deal with everyday situations to help you manage your condition.


This information was last checked in April 2018. Due for review in April 2021

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