Chiari malformation (CM) is a type of disease in which the cerebellar tonsils extend downward due to abnormal development of the hindbrain. Still, recent bibliometric studies on CM are a blind spot. We conducted a bibliometric analysis of research over the past decade to explore the hot spots and trends in this field. We used VOSviewer, CiteSpace and Bibliometrix to perform a global bibliometric analysis of the articles from 2013 to 2022 on CM in the web of science (WOS) core collection. The query identified 2155 articles, of which most were published in the USA. Institutions like Akron University and the University of Washington published the most articles and were widely cited. Loth Francis and R. Shane Tubbs were the most productive authors on this topic. Besides, the top-cited article was also published by R.Shane Tubbs in J NEUROSURG-PEDIATR (2011). A great number of relevant studies focused on syringomyelia and surgical technique such as posterior fossa decompression. The CM field is still heating up and will continue to grow in popularity. Our findings offer a panoramic view of this research field for new researchers and policymakers.