Dandy-Walker Syndrome

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Dandy-Walker Syndrome, also known as Dandy-Walker Malformation (DWM), is a rare disorder that causes a brain malformation during embryonic development of the cerebellum and fourth ventricle. DWM is characterized by the underdevelopment of the middle section of the cerebellum, cystic enlargement of the fourth ventricle and enlargement of the base of the skull, which leads to abnormally high pressure within the skull and swelling of the head, and can cause neurological impairment. Symptoms also include a depleted motor development in infants, depleted Hydrocephalus, increased irritability, nausea, vomiting, convulsions and lack of muscle coordination.
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