The Brazilian Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery: consensus on Chiari I deformity

  • Alexandre Casagrande Canheu
  • Marcelo Volpon Santos
  • Luciano Lopes Furlanetti
  • José Francisco Manganelli Salomão
  • Ricardo Santos de OliveiraEmail author
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

On 2 and 3 of August 2020, the Brazilian Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (SBNPed) has gathered in an unprecedented effort to reach a consensus report about pediatric craniovertebral junction (CVJ) diseases, specifically on Chiari I deformity (CID). Twenty-six experts were invited to talk and discuss all aspects of CID, including CVJ anatomy, imaging, nomenclature, and clinical presentation. The management of asymptomatic cases, when and how to operate on those, reoperation, and complications were also discussed. The event had 84 registered attendees. We conducted a survey of 27 questions about controversial aspects of CID, which was addressed to all certified neurosurgeons by a mobile app before and at the end of the consensus meeting, to check for differences or changes in their clinical decisions.

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Conflicts of interest

The authors report no conflict of interest concerning the materials or methods used in this study or the findings specified in this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pediatric NeurosurgeryUniversity HospitalLondrinaBrazil
  2. 2.Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery and Anatomy, University Hospital, Ribeirão Preto Medical SchoolUniversity of São PauloRibeirão PretoBrazil
  3. 3.Department of NeurosurgeryKing’s College Hospital NHS Foundation TrustLondonUK
  4. 4.Pediatric Neurosurgery Division, Fernandes Figueira InstituteOswaldo Cruz Foundation (IFF-Fiocruz)Rio de JaneiroBrazil
  5. 5.Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery and Anatomy, University Hospital of Ribeirão Preto Medical SchoolUniversity of São PauloRibeirão PretoBrazil

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