Dandy-Walker continuum

Dr Bahman Rasuli and Dr Bruno Di Muzio et al.

Dandy-Walker continuum, also referred to as Dandy-Walker spectrum or Dandy-Walker complex, corresponds to a group of disorders believed to represent a continuum spectrum of posterior fossa malformations, characterized by inferior vermian hypoplasia and incomplete formation of the fourth ventricle which communicates with a prominent posterior fossa CSF space 4

These conditions remain poorly understood, and the terminology is still controversial. Some authors recommend avoiding its use as there is a lack of specificity that may create some confusion. Instead, a more detailed anatomic description is recommended 2.

Two systematic reviews suggested that the risk of abnormal postnatal functional outcome is high in Dandy-Walker malformation and low in Blake’s pouch cyst 5.

Conditions classically included under the term Dandy-Walker continuum include:

Malformations of the central nervous system

Article information

rID: 38193
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Dandy Walker complex
  • Dandy Walker spectrum
  • Dandy Walker malformation complex
  • Dandy-Walker continuum
  • Dandy-Walker spectrum
  • Dandy-Walker complex
  • Dandy Walker malformation spectrum
  • Dandy Walker malformation continuum

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