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Endoscopic, single-catheter treatment of Dandy-Walker syndrome hydrocephalus: technical case report and review of treatment options.

Research paper by Christian W CW Sikorski, Daniel J DJ Curry

Indexed on: 01 Oct '05Published on: 01 Oct '05Published in: Pediatric neurosurgery



Abstract

Optimal treatment for hydrocephalus related to Dandy-Walker syndrome (DWS) remains elusive. Patients with DWS-related hydrocephalus often require combinations of shunting systems to effectively drain both the supratentorial ventricles and posterior fossa cyst. We describe an endoscopic technique, whereby a frontally placed, single-catheter shunting system effectively drained the supratentorial and infratentorial compartments. This reduces the complexity and potential risk associated with the combined shunting systems required by so many with DWS-related hydrocephalus.