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Dandy-Walker Syndrome: A Malformation of the Brain

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For example, a shunt (tube to drain off excess fluid) when inserted into the skull will reduce the internal pressure and swelling.

Life expectancy will depend in large part on the severity of symptoms and accompanying defects.

Some of those with DWS will never develop any of these disabling symptoms, their only indicator then being the abnormally large size of the head. These individuals will be able to go on to live normal lives.

Resources:

Dandy-Walker Malformation

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/408059-overview

Dandy-Walker Syndrome
http://www.doctorsofusc.com/condition/document/230528

What Is DWS?
http://www.dandywalker.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2&Itemid=1

Dandy walker malformation
http://www.medcyclopaedia.com/library/topics/volume_vii/d/DANDY_WALKER_MALFORMATION.aspx

NINDS Dandy-Walker Syndrome Information Page
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/dandywalker/dandywalker.htm

Search Medica: Dandy-Walker Syndrome
http://www.searchmedica.com/search.html?q=Dandy-Walker%20Syndrome

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