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Genetic Analysis of the Chiari I Malformation

This study is NOT currently recruiting participants.

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Sponsoring Institute

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Recruitment Detail

Type: Completed Study; data analyses ongoing
Gender: Male & Female
Min Age: 1
Max Age: N/A

Referral Letter Required


Population Exclusion(s)



Arnold Chiari Malformation;
Skeletal Dysplasia;
Natural History

Recruitment Keyword(s)



Type I Arnold Chiari Malformation

Investigational Drug(s)


Investigational Device(s)




Supporting Site

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The purpose of this study is to better understand the genetic factors related to the Chiari I malformation. In people with this abnormality, the lower part of the skull is smaller than normal. As a result, the lowest part of the brain, called the cerebellar tonsils, protrudes out of the hole at the bottom of the skull into the spinal canal. This study will try to discover the location of the genes responsible for the malformation.

Candidates for this study are: 1) Patients with Chiari I malformation who also have a family member with the abnormality or a family member with syringomyelia (a cyst in the spinal cord that is often associated with the Chiari I malformation). 2) Family members of patients with the Chiari I malformation.

Participants will have a medical history and physical and neurologic examinations. They will undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and cervical (neck) spinal cord to measure the size of the head and determine the presence of the Chiari I malformation and syringomyelia. A small blood sample (about 2 tablespoons) will be drawn for DNA studies relating to the Chiari I malformation.

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To be eligible for entry into the study, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

Patient with a confirmed diagnosis of Chiari I malformation who has a family member with syringomyelia or Chiari I malformation, or

Family member of a patient with a confirmed diagnosis of Chiari I malformation, AND

There are at least two family members diagnosed with Chiari I malformation.

If an adult, able to give informed consent; if a minor, has an adult who is legally responsible for the subject and who is able to give consent.


A candidate will be excluded if he/she:

Has a contraindication to MRI scanning.

Is unable to comprehend the risks of the testing.

Is less than one year of age.

Cannot undergo MRI scanning without sedation.

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Principal Investigator

Referral Contact

For more information:

John D. Heiss, M.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Gretchen C. Scott, R.N.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institutes of Health
Building 10
Room 3D20
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
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Office of Patient Recruitment
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
Building 61, 10 Cloister Court
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Toll Free: 1-800-411-1222
Local Phone: 301-451-4383
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