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Chiari Malformation, Syringomyelia & EDS International Medical Conference Update

Buffalo, New York

Column of Hope – Chiari & Syringomyelia Research Foundation (COH), the Western New York based non-profit organization that funds research for Chiari malformation (CM) and syringomyelia (SM), announces the successful completion of the CSF Flow at Niagara Falls International Medical Conference at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo from June 25 - June 29, 2019.

Mark S. Kane, Column of Hope’s president, stated, “We were pleased to host an event of this magnitude which brought together CM, SM and EDS experts from 5... Read More



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Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia.

What is Chiari Malformation?

Chiari I malformation is when the back of the skull is abnormally small. When this happens there is not enough room for the brain to fit in the skull properly and part of the brain is forced out of the skull into the spinal cord. Learn more

What is Syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia is a neurological disorder in which a cyst or cavity forms in the spinal cord. The cyst is called a syrinx and can expand and elongate over time, destroying the spinal cord. Learn more

What is Neuropathic Pain?

Neuropathic pain occurs when there is a malfunction in the part of the nervous system that tells the brain that tissue is injured. While there may be no injury to the tissue where the pain exists, the nervous system tells the brain that there is damage, causing pain. Learn more

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