2016 RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM: COGNITION IN CHIARI & CSF DISORDERS
The 2016 CSF Research Colloquium took place on September 24, 2016 in San Diego, California where a group consisting of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropsychologists, pain management specialists, mathematicians and other experts came together to discuss a new and rather troubling problem: cognitive dysfunction in children and adults with Chiari malformation and cerebrospinal fluid disorders.
There is emerging evidence that suggests these patients experience significant cognitive issues that may play an important role in how those patients feel before and after treatment. This meeting was held to describe these problems and to discuss the different possible reasons that they may be occuring. Are these cognitive problems due to inability to focus because these patients suffer from consistent, chronic pain? Or is it possible that these cognitive issues are an important symptom related to these disorders and diseases, themselves? Are these issues clinically relevant enough for doctors to be actively screening these patients for them?
The meeting was separated into four sessions-- two in the morning and two in the afternoon-- meant to address different aspects of this problem. You can watch full-length videos of the presentations below.
*Important: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this Colloqium are their own, based upon their individual specific experiences or their general observations reacting to hypothetical circumstances. The views expressed and the statements made by participating physicians do not represent specific medical advice nor do they represent any official policy or position taken by CSF.