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Resolution of cervical syringomyelia after transoral odontoidectomy and occipitocervical fusion in a patient with basilar invagination and Type I Chiari malformation.

Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia | 20 Sep 2012

CA Dickman and MY Kalani
Abstract
We present a 16-year-old male patient with Marfan’s syndrome who presented with quadriparesis from a Type I Chiari malformation (CM) with basilar invagination and a syrinx. The condition resolved after transoral odontoidectomy and occipitocervical fusion without posterior decompression of the CM. Thus, ventral decompression alone can resolve a cervical syrinx in patients with compression of the foramen magnum.
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Syndromes, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Vertebral artery, Arnold-Chiari malformation, Syringomyelia
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