Respiratory failure caused by Chiari I malformation with associated syringomyelia

J. Brett Gentry, Jorge Mario Gonzalez, Jerry Bob Blacklock

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The authors report a case of a 38-year-old male with a Chiari I malformation and syringomyelia that presented with acute respiratory distress. Pulmonary function testing was consistent with respiratory muscle weakness. A suboccipital craniectomy and C1, 2, 3 laminectomies were performed on an emergent basis. Postoperatively the patient had significant improvement in his respiratory status associated with a reduction in the size of the syringomyelia on follow-up imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-45
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


  • Chiari I malformation
  • Respiratory failure
  • Syringomyelia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Neurology


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