Acute foramen magnum syndrome caused by an acquired Chiari malformation after lumbar drainage of cerebrospinal fluid: report of three cases.

@article{Dagnew2002AcuteFM,
  title={Acute foramen magnum syndrome caused by an acquired Chiari malformation after lumbar drainage of cerebrospinal fluid: report of three cases.},
  author={Elias Dagnew and Harry R. van Loveren and John M. Jr. Tew},
  journal={Neurosurgery},
  year={2002},
  volume={51 3},
  pages={
          823-8; discussion 828-9
        }
}
OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE The perioperative use of lumbar drainage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is relatively common in neurosurgery, and the development of "acquired" Chiari malformations (tonsillar herniation) with lumbar CSF diversion procedures has been reported. CLINICAL PRESENTATION We describe the history of three patients who developed a foramen magnum syndrome, attributable to acquired Chiari I malformations, after perioperative lumbar drainage of CSF. CONCLUSION We propose that the… CONTINUE READING

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