Complications of Therapies for Chiari Malformations in Children

Surgical

  • Wound complications: Complications of posterior fossa decompression are mainly aseptic meningitis, excessive bleeding, wound infection or dehiscence, pseudomeningocele, CSF leakage, and neurological problems.
  • Delayed complications: Later complications include diplopia, cerebellar sagging due to large bony decompression, hydrocephalus, infection and resulting altered mental status, recurrent syringohydromyelia, severe kyphoscoliosis due to multiple laminectomies, occipitocervical instability, and craniovertebral junction anomalies (10).

Medical

  • None

Other Therapies

  • None