Chiari malformations are a group of abnormalities that occur in the back of the head where the brain and spinal cord connect. The Johns Hopkins Chiari Malformation Center provides expert care to both children and adults with all types of Chiari malformation and related conditions like syringomyelia.
Our Approach to Chiari Malformation
Chiari malformation can impact multiple areas of your health. We confer with colleagues across Johns Hopkins to address all aspects of your care.
Custom Treatment Plans
Not all Chiari malformations require surgery. Our experts will recommend custom treatment strategies based on your anatomy, symptoms and preferences.
Treatment for All Ages
Our doctors offer seamless treatment plans for patients of all ages, partnering with you from infancy into adulthood.
We provide the latest and safest surgical techniques to repair Chiari malformation, including cranioplasty for adults to restore skull contours after decompression.
Patient StoryAdelynn's Story
As a baby, Adelynn was diagnosed with a Chiari malformation that was interfering with her ability to eat, sleep and breathe. She underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins to correct the problem, and today she is a healthier, happier child.
Chiari Malformation Experts
Our Chiari malformation surgeons have decades of experience diagnosing and treating patients of all ages with Chiari malformation.
Patient StoryA Surgical Solution for Georgia Brothers
To accommodate a family traveling from Georgia, Dr. Eric Jackson performed back-to-back operations on Miles and his older brother, who both were born with a type 1 Chiari malformation.