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Dr. Simion Zinreich
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Dandy Walker Syndrome (Overview)

Dandy-Walker syndrome is a malformation of the base of the brain which blocks the normal flow of the fluid surrounding the brain. Symptoms include movement problems and seizures, and usually appear during infancy.


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What is dandy walker syndrome?

What is dandy walker syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Simion Zinreich
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Dandy Walker Syndrome (Overview)

Dandy-Walker syndrome is a malformation of the base of the brain which blocks the normal flow of the fluid surrounding the brain. Symptoms include movement problems and seizures, and usually appear during infancy.


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How does hypotonia relate to dandy walker syndrome?

How does hypotonia relate to dandy walker syndrome?

Cerebellar disorder: The dandy walker malformation is a defect of the outflow of fluid from the fourth ventricle of the brain. This can result in a large cyst, and can be associated with poor development of the cerebellum. Poor cerebellum function can result in poor muscle tone and poor balance that can be called hypotonia. This usually responds to therapy. Usually no surgery is necessary unless the cyst is severe. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of dandy-walker syndrome?

What are the symptoms of dandy-walker syndrome?

Multiple: Slow motor development, lack of coordination, unsteadiness when moving, headaches, vomiting, etc. This condition can exist in mild, moderate, or severe forms depending on the degree of damage to the cerebellum (the part of the brain involved in this syndrome) for more information visit http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/dandywalker/dandywalker.Htm. ...Read more

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I am 15 weeks pregnant & doc diagnosed my baby with dandy walker syndrome and told me I should terminate, why?

I am 15 weeks pregnant & doc diagnosed my baby with dandy walker syndrome and told me I should terminate, why?

I know it's been a : While since you submitted your question & received dr. Goldie's excellent response. It bothers me that your doctor told you what choice to make instead of sending you to a geneticist & a pediatric neurosurgeon so that you could make an informed decision. Whichever road you took (or take), i hope you're receiving counseling & support during this difficult time. ...Read more

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What exactly causes dandy walker syndrome? My cousin has this syndrome and i'd like to know more about it.

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. ...Read more

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How can I best treat dandy walker syndrome?

Dandy Walker: If the dandy walker is symptomatic the cyst can fenestrated or opened and sometimes a tube can be placed to divert the spinal fluid to another space such as the stomach. ...Read more

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