Syringomyelia-Chiari 2018 International Symposium Organised by the Ann Conroy Trust, in association with Aesculap Academia.


July 17-20, 2018

Birmingham, UK.


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The symposium is co-organised by The Ann Conroy Trust, in association with Aesculap Academia.


The Ann Conroy Trust is Registered Charity No: 1165808.

We provide Support, Education and Research for patients living with Chiari Malformation, Syringomyelia and associated conditions.

F20 Surgical treatment of paediatric Chiari I malformation: foramen magnum decompression with dura left open, in 70 patients


Kurzbuch AR, Jayamohan J, Magdum S.




Surgery for symptomatic paediatric patients in our unit has consisted of limited sub-occipital craniectomy, C1 laminectomy, durotomy and arachnoid dissection, without dural repair. We carried out an audit of our results, to date, using this approach.




A retrospective single-centre study, of 70 consecutive paediatric patients with Chiari I malformation, operated by two surgeons.




The mean age of this cohort of patients was 10.4 years, the youngest child being aged 2 and the oldest patient being 19. Thirty-two patients had syringomyelia as well as Chiari. Nineteen patients had concomitant scoliosis: Fifty-six patients (4 out of 5) reported post-operative improvement, 11 were clinically unchanged, and 4 noticed worsening of symptoms. Complications included CSF leaks in 6 patients, aseptic meningitis in 3 and CSF collections in 2 cases. Revision surgery was performed in 7 (1 in 10) patients. There was no long term surgical morbidity or mortality.




Foramen magnum decompression, with the dura left open, is a safe and effective surgical treatment in paediatric patients with Chiari I malformation.