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Can the plate that grows around the grow into the brain?

This girl that im talking to said that she went to the doctor and the doctor said the plate that grows around her brain, half of it is growing up into her brain causing pressure and a bubble is forming. What is this called and ho can i learn more about it?

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That is an excellent question and one that may be best answered by your doctor or another medical professional as it is not exactly clear from your question what the plate is that you are describing. There is a large hole at the base of the skull called the foramen magnum which is where the spinal cord comes out and it is possible that this could be what you are describing. If this is what you are talking about, then it may be that you are describing a chiari malformation which is when the bones in the back of the head, known as the posterior fossa, cause pressure to form which pushes a part of the back of the brain known as the cerebellum down into the spinal cord region. People have a variety of symptoms from this including headaches and other more serious significant symptoms. You should suggest your friend see a neurologist or neurosurgeon as there are several options available for treatment of this disease. Surgery for chiari malformation can include removing the bone at the back of the skull to decompress the posterior fossa and also may include opening the covering of the brain known as the dura. It is best to discuss this with your doctor about possible options for treatment.

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