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Chiari & Syringomyelia Program

The KU Chiari & Syringomyelia Program offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools for patients with these disorders. These disorders can be seen in any age groups from children to the elderly.  

Chiari Malformation

Diagnostic Evaluation  

The University of Kansas Hospital has advanced imaging techniques for the evaluation of Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia with the most advanced MRI capabilities including a 3 Tesla magnet. Special flow sequences can be helpful to surgeons in evaluating these disorders.

Treatment Options  

Surgeons will evaluate the patient and review their imaging to determine the best treatment option. If surgery is necessary, surgeons will choose the best approach for the individual patient.

• Posterior fossa decompression
• Transoral odontoidectomy for patients with platybasia or basilar invagination


MRI showing cerebellar tonsils protruding below the foramen magnum

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018
Patient Care

Chiari and syringomyelia surgeons:

Call 913-588-6122 to make an appointment with one of these doctors.

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