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Can Dandy-Walker syndrome be mistaken for a brain cyst as a 41-year old adult?

Can Dandy-Walker syndrome be mistaken for a brain cyst as a 41-year old adult?

Dandy Walker: Syndrome can be associated with fluid-filled cysts in certain parts of the brain, commonly the cerebellum. It's not mistaken for a brain cyst. There may be other structural abnormalities. Most people afflicted with Dandy Walker Syndrome have obvious neurologic and/or cognitive deficiencies starting in early childhood. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

Dr. Simion Zinreich
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Dandy Walker Syndrome (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Left side head pain, not a migraine. Started yesterday, worse when I cough. Have dandy Walker syndrome too. ?

Left side head pain, not a migraine. Started yesterday, worse when I cough. Have dandy Walker syndrome too. ?

Need medical care!: Whether or not you have a VP shunt, localized or atypical headache should NOT be ignored. Particularly since it's worse when you cough, it could be a sign of increased intracranial pressure. Please see your neurologist or neurosurgeon right away. ...Read more

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What symptoms do people with brain malformations usually have?

What symptoms do people with brain malformations usually have?

Varied: There are many different types of brain malformations, thus the symptom complex is varied. Some common symptoms are seizures, developmental delay, failure to thrive, language delay, blindness, etc. The list goes on and is dependent on the areas of the brain affected by the malformations. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anybody with dandy walker syndrome?

Can you tell me anybody with dandy walker syndrome?

Dandy Walker syndrom: This syndrome refers to a lack of development in the part of the brain called the cerebellum, an area called the vermis. On mr this is a lack of or "agenesis" of the vermis. ...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.

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 prevent a dandy walker syndrome before the next pregnency?

How can I prevent a dandy walker syndrome before the next pregnency?

Good health: Dandy walker malformation is rare and should not recur. Good health habits and daily folate (folic acid) are appropriate. A cyst may develop due to mal development of the foramina of the fourth ventricle. This can be looked for on fetal ultrasounds. It is usually mild at birth and can be managed easily. ...Read more

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Should a child with dandy walker syndrome go to a regular pediatrician or a specialist?

Should a child with dandy walker syndrome go to a regular pediatrician or a specialist?

Team approach: Children with special needs and/or chronic conditions benefit from a team approach. Your child's team should consist of a general pediatrician to manage routine illnesses, well visits, vaccinations and coordination of care with specialists such as neurologists, therapists and possibly neurosurgery. ...Read more

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Should women born severly premature(micro baby) get a MRI to rule out brain malformations before pregnancy? can i ask for one?

Should women born severly premature(micro baby) get a MRI to rule out brain malformations before pregnancy? can i ask for one?

Premature infants: Routinely get cranial ultrasounds in the nursery after they are born. Before delivery, neurologic (brain) abnormalities can be identified on your routine prenatal ultrasounds. ...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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Dr. Richard Pergolizzi
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Brain Malformations (Definition)

Brain malformations are a group of medical conditions in which the structure of the brain is abnormal. This can cause symptoms such as seizures, ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more