Genetics of the Chiari i and II malformations

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Chiari malformations are considered to have a multifactorial etiology, likely influenced by environmental and genetic factors. This chapter will detail the evidence that supports a genetic contribution to the disorder, including discussions of twin studies, familial aggregation, co-occurrence with known genetic syndromes, and previous genetic studies. While no susceptibility genes have been identified to date, gene identification efforts are continuing. It is expected that researchers will have a more complete understanding of the specific genes and biological pathways that contribute to disease development in the coming years. The future benefits from genetic research of Chiari I and II may include the development of genetic tests that result in more accurate and faster diagnoses as well as new targeted treatment options for patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Markunas, CA; Ashley-Koch, AE; Gregory, SG

Published Date

  • March 1, 2013

Volume / Issue

  • 9781461463696 /

Book Title

  • The Chiari Malformations

Start / End Page

  • 93 - 101

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 1461463688

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781461463689

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-1-4614-6369-6_7

Citation Source

  • Scopus