A collection of over 200 disorders involving genetic mutations of the proteins that make up the bodies connective tissues. They are all known to be carried down from one generation to the next; some are known to be autosomal dominant (only one parent has to carry the gene) and others are autosomal recessive (both parents have to carry the gene). Some HDCTs can change the growth and appearance of certain physical features, sometimes in utero (making it difficult to decipher between what is and is not normal). Most Chiari Specialists now agree that most (some even say all) cases of Chiari Malformation involve some form of a Connective Tissue Disorder.

Some HDCTs Common to Chiarians, include:

An inherited disorder caused by genetic mutations that affect the connective tissue in some body parts.  The elastic tissue becomes mineralized and there is a buildup of deposits made from calcium and other minerals in the elastic fibers.  Parts of the body effected can be, but are not limited to the skin, eyes, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal system.

This is a progressive disorder and unfortunately at this time there is no way to predict the progression in different patients.  Each case is unique. For instance, one of the most common signs of the condition is skin lesions – however, there are patients that never develop them.

Recommended Doctor(s) would depend on each specific way it manifests: Rheumatologist (overall connective tissue), Cardiologist (heart and vascular), Gastroenterologist (gastrointestinal), etc.

Nerve pain as a direct result of the varicella zoster virus. Typically confined to the skin (dermis), follows an outbreak of shingles (herpes zoster).