Diagnosis of a chiari malformation after a concussion in a junior college football player with a history of chronic headaches: A case report

Takeaki Ando, Shannon Gehr, Melanie L. McGrath, Adam B. Rosen

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Abstract

The purpose of this report is to present the case of a National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association football player diagnosed with Chiari malformation postconcussion. A Chiari malformation is characterized by the cerebellum presenting below the level of the foramen. The uniqueness of this case stems from the patient’s health history, length of symptoms, and diagnosis. The effectiveness of treatment options, and the primary means to reduce the risk of catastrophic head injury in those with Chiari malformations are debatable. Clinicians should be familiar with the potential for the presence of a Chiari malformation with persistent symptoms postconcussion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Brain
  • Collision sport
  • Head injury
  • Return to play
  • Sport-related

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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