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Chiari and Syringomyelia Research Foundation - Working toward a life without pain.

Our Mission: Searching for better understanding, treatments, and cures for Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, neuropathic pain, spinal cord injury and related conditions.

Research Update - April 2016

COLUMN OF HOPE HITS BLACKJACK!

We are proud to announce our 21st publication in a peer reviewed medical and scientific journal. This article marks the fourth journal article published in 2016, and the third article published in the prestigious Journal of Neurosurgery this year.

http://thejns.org/doi/abs/10.3171/2015.10.SPINE15538

This study demonstrates the technique developed by COH researchers to measure the cerebral spinal fluid inside and outside the cord simultaneously. This study allows us to tweak the amount of aquaporin to... 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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