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Online Presentation: Chiari Malformation in Children

View the online presentation about causes, diagnosis and treatment of Type 2 Chiari Malformation by clicking here.

What is Chiari Malformation?

Chiari malformation is a congenital defect located where the brain and spinal cord connect. Type 2 Chiari malformations, the most common form of this disorder, can be associated with children born with myelomeningocele – a form of spina bifida – or hydrocephalus. These associated neurological disorders can cause the brain to shift below its normal position within the skull.

At Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, we are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of Chiari malformations.

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Join pediatric neurosurgeon, Stephen Fletcher, D.O., to learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and how Chiari Malformation often imitates other neurological disorders.

About Dr. Fletcher:

Stephen Fletcher

Dr. Fletcher, affiliated with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, serves as Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at UTHealth Medical School. He has a special clinical and research interest in Chiari malformation in children, comparative studies of canine and pediatric brain tumors, medical management of trauma-associated brain swelling and attempts at culturing brain tumor cell lines in collaboration with The University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Center.