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what is dandy-walker syndrome? what causes it?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Dandy Walker: Is a sporadic congenital brain malformation, with incidence of 1 in every 30, 000 live births. It affects development of the Cerebellum, leading t problems with movements & coordination & intellect, some may have stiffness & paralysis of lower limbs, seizures, problems with vision or hearing.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is dandy walker syndrome?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Congenital anomaly: Dandy walker is a congenital developmental abnormality of the cerebellum oftentimes including the development of a cyst in the cerebellum. Typically, persons with this have abnormalities in walking and clumsiness.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What kind of condition is dandy-walker syndrome?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Rare disease: Is a congenital brain malformation involving the cerebellum and the fluid filled spaces around it. A key feature of this syndrome is the partial or even complete absence of the part of the brain located between the two cerebellar hemispheres.Genetically sporadic disorder that occurs one in every 25, 000 live births, mostly in females.
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What is the treatment for dandy-walker syndrome?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Shunt.: Shunt of the cyst in the posterior brain fossa and or the lateral cerebral ventricles is usualy required. Antiepileptics for seizure control. 40% mortality in infancy; 35-50% normal intelligence; 25% associated with autosomal recessive genetic syndromes.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is dandy-walker syndrome (also known as dandy-walker malf)?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Congenital defect: Drs dandy and walker described a brain defect in children that caused a cystic enlargement of the fourth ventricle due to lack of development of drainage holes that normally drain spinal fluid out of the fourth ventricle. This often causes large head, problems with balance, problems with learning, and seizures. Surgery relieves pressure but does not cure the defect.
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What exactly causes dandy walker syndrome? My cousin has this syndrome and i'd like to know more about it.

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Dr. Herbert Krob
Neurology 29 years experience
Dandy : Dandy walker syndrome is a complex anatomical birth defect that affects about 1 in every 30000 live births. It is named after the doctors who first described it. Symptoms may include delayed motor development (for example, a child that doesn't crawl at the right age or walk at the right age), bulging of the fontanelles, enlargement of the head, abnormal eye movements, and abnormal breathing patterns. The anatomical defect has several features. The first is the impaired development of part of the cerebellum (a part of the brain that seems to coordinate movements, among other things). The second is enlargement of the fourth ventricle (a fluid filled space in the lower, back part of the brain). The third is the enlargement of the posterior fossa (a part of the skull). Dandy walker syndrome is often accompanied by hydrocephalus (enlargement of the fluid-filled cavities in the brain that increases pressure inside the head), and other birth defects involving the brain, heart, and other body parts. The dandy walker birth defect probably starts very early in development, possibly as early as 7 weeks into the pregnancy. Recent scientific research suggests that genetic mutations may contribute. However, it is probably safe to say that no one knows exactly why people get dandy walker malformation.

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