Chiari Malformation Awareness Month 2015


WHEREAS, first identified by Austrian pathologist Professor Hans Chiari in the 1890s, Chiari Malformation is a serious neurological disorder categorized in order of severity: CM types I, II, III, and IV; and

WHEREAS, Chiari Malformation is a defect in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance and coordination, creating pressure on the cerebellum and brain stem restricting the normal flow of cerebral spinal fluid to and from the brain; and

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

WHEREAS, the cause of Chiari I Malformation is unknown, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke believe that it is either a congenital condition caused by exposure to harmful substances during fetal development or that can be a genetic condition, as it may appear in more than one family member; 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 causes of the malformations to create improved treatment and prevention plans; and

WHEREAS, in September 2015, walks will be held in South Riding and Charlottesville, Virginia, during the 8th Annual Conquer Chiari Walk Across America;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 2015 as CHIARI MALFORMATION AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.