Symptoms of Dandy-Walker Syndrome


General information about symptoms of Dandy-Walker Syndrome: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Dandy-Walker Syndrome. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Dandy-Walker Syndrome. Furthermore, symptoms of Dandy-Walker Syndrome may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Dandy-Walker Syndrome.

List of symptoms of Dandy-Walker Syndrome: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Dandy-Walker Syndrome includes:

Symptoms of Dandy-Walker Syndrome: It is defined as an enlargement of the fourth ventricle, an absence (partial or complete) of the cerebellar vermis (the narrow middle area between the two cerebral hemispheres), and cyst formation in the posterior fossa (the internal base of the skull). Hydrocephalus (increased intracranial pressure) may also be present. Symptoms which often occur in early infancy include slow motor development and progressive macrocrania (an abnormally enlarged skull). In older children symptoms of increased intracranial pressure such as irritability, vomiting and convulsions, and/or signs of cerebellar dysfunction such as ataxia and nystagmus (jerky eyes) may occur. The syndrome can appear dramatically or be totally asymptomatic. Other symptoms include increased head circumference, bulging occiput (the back of the head), cranial nerve dysfunction, and abnormal breathing patterns. Of importance is the high association of Dandy-Walker syndrome with other central nervous system structural anomalies including agenesis of the corpus callosum and malformations of the face, limbs, digits and heart. 1

More symptoms of Dandy-Walker Syndrome: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Dandy-Walker Syndrome, underlying causes of Dandy-Walker Syndrome, associated conditions for Dandy-Walker Syndrome, risk factors for Dandy-Walker Syndrome, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:

1. excerpt from NINDS Dandy-Walker Syndrome Information Page: NINDS

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