September 2018: Chiari Malformation Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Chiari Malformation (CM) is a serious neurological disorder affecting well over 300,000 people in the United States, first identified by Austrian pathologist Professor Hans Chiari in the 1890's and categorized in order of severity: CM types 0, 1, 1.5, 2, 3 and 4; and,

WHEREAS, Chiari Malformations are defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance.  This creates pressure on the cerebellum and brain stem and may block the normal flow of cerebral spinal fluid to and from the brain; and,

WHEREAS, the cause of Chiari I Malformation is unknown, but scientists believe it is either a congenital condition caused by exposure to harmful substances during fetal development or that it can be a genetic condition, as it may appear in more than one family member; and,

WHEREAS, symptoms usually appear during adolescence or early adulthood and can include severe head and neck pain, vertigo, muscle weakness, balance problems, blurred vision or double vision, difficulty swallowing and sleep apnea; and,

WHEREAS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health is conducting research to find alternative surgical options and identify the cause of the malformations to create improved treatment and prevention plans;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2018 as Chiari Malformation Awareness Month in Michigan.