Headache and Chiari I Malformation in Children and Adolescents

Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2016 Feb;23(1):35-9. doi: 10.1016/j.spen.2016.01.001. Epub 2016 Jan 20.


Headache is a common problem in children and adolescents. Its recurrent and disabling nature may lead to use of neuroimaging to exclude secondary causes of headache such as Chiari I malformation (CM I). CM I has a variety of presentation with headache being the most common symptom. CM I can be asymptomatic and is also often found incidentally in neuroimaging done for conditions other than headache. This article reviews the spectrum of headache in patients with CM I.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation / complications*
  • Child
  • Headache / diagnostic imaging
  • Headache / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Neuroimaging
  • Severity of Illness Index