If your child was born with a Chiari malformation, he or she may need surgery immediately after birth. Or doctors may recommend simply monitoring for any symptoms that develop as your child grows. Duke pediatric neurosurgeons identify Chiari malformations at the earliest possible stage, evaluate your child's condition, and recommend a treatment plan to prevent or limit neurological damage. We work with specialists throughout Duke to manage your child's care, especially if your child has another medical condition associated with Chiari malformation.