As a Wildcat Nation at Woodland High School on March 15th, we came together as a wildcat family to support Maycelyn by wearing purple. Maycelyn attends our Woodland Pre-K Program and has been diagnosed with Chiari 1 Malformation. I am so glad that the wildcats came together to support her as she faces this condition. She has a strong support system and lots of prayer surrounding her. She is pictured below, with her family surrounding her.
- What is Chiari 1 Malformation?
- Chiari Malformation is the neurological disorder caused when the cerebellum (part of the brain) descends out of the skull applying force on the spinal cord. As a result of this compression between the brain and spinal cord, there is a disruption of the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid.
- What are the symptoms of Chiari 1 Malformation?
- Headache (Most Common)
- Intense Pressure in Back of Head
- Balance Issues
- Full Ears
- Swallowing Issues
- Chronic Pain
- How is a Chiari Malformation diagnosed?
- Patients will have an MRI to see if the cerebellar tonsils are out of position. Many doctors require a neurological exam and MRI results to diagnose Chiari Malformation. Currently, there is unfortunately not a single test that determines the presence of Chiari Malformation.
- How do you get Chiari 1 Malformation?
- Chiari 1 Malformation originally was thought to be a congenital condition, meaning that the condition would be acquired at birth. Even though this was prevalent in some cases, Chiari was also observed in patients who acquired the condition and were able to reverse the condition by removing the source of the problem. For this reason, Chiari 1 Malformation can be both an acquired condition and a congenital condition. Through further prestigious research, scientists are studying what triggers the symptoms of Chiari.
Blog written by Amelia Payne: Amelia is currently the Vice President of the Bartow Youth Action Team, and a student at Woodland High School.