Chiari malformation presenting as a focal motor deficit

Ilya Laufer, Murray Engel, Neil Feldstein and Mark M. Souweidane.

This article reports the cases of two children with Chiari malformations and holocord syringomyelia presenting with a supposed isolated lumbar radiculopathy, which where in fact linked to their initial condition and resolved after treatment. It so demonstrates that  Chiari malformations may rarely masquerade as lower motor and sensory deficits.

One more thing to be aware of for PT working with patients presenting the above condition.

Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 05/2008,1(5).

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