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Will I pass Dandy Walker on to my baby?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 21, 2007
  • 01:56 PM

I am a 30 y/o female with Dandy Walker Variant (no hydrocephalus). I only learned that I have DW a few years ago due to a CT scan. I do suffer occasional migraines and don't have the best balance. My question is, since Dandy Walker is a congenital condition does that mean there is a strong likelihood my baby will be born with this also? I just found out I'm pregnant so it's a new concern. If there are moms out there who have DW and can tell me whether or not this was passed on to their children I'd really appreciate the info. Thank you!

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  • I am a 27 year old with Dandy walker, I also learned of my condition a few years ago! I have 4 beautiful, healthy children, none of which have DWS! I also suffer from migraines and poor coordination, but I also get dizziness and neausea! What does your neurologists say about your migraines? Sorry, asking because mine I believe doesn't know much about the syndrome himself!!! Good luck to you, and your baby!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 31, 2007
    • 01:49 PM
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  • hi guys - wow what a trip to hear from adults who know they have this varient - my son has it - we've know since he was born - he's 7 - no fluid that we know of...but lots of delays - poor balance for sure. He gets spwecial ed in school to help him because he tunes out a lot and generally has trouble making progress in all subjects - he's about a year behind....do either of you remember how it was for you learning early in school?Thanks,d
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 13, 2007
    • 06:07 PM
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  • Hi :) I am a 41 y/o woman with a Danday-Walker variant which was discovered 11 years ago when an Arachnoid Cyst was discovered on an MRI. I had chronic headaches that were caused by the cyst, and they were not migraines. Often a cyst is associated with D.W. Discovering I had Dandy-Walker did answer a few questions for me regarding my vision problems, my balance problems and early learing difficulties. Nobody knew anything about it 40 years ago, and they had no explanation back then, for these problems I was born with. I've only researched it all in more detail in the last few years, on the net.I can't really answer the original question. Some research I've read say that it is possible to pass D.W. on. But I don't have any children (unable to) so have never had to find out...:o ~Jaime~
    Jaime_Aus 25 Replies
    • November 15, 2007
    • 08:19 AM
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  • I'm surprised to find so many people w/DWV saying they have dizziness, headaches and nausea. My daughter's Neurologist says her symptoms have nothing to do with her DWV and it is most likely due to problems regulating her blood pressure which he is sending us to a cardiologist for. She's 12. She seems to have issues with short term memory as well. Is this an issue for anyone? She knows her math (7th grade), but when she takes a test she tends to blank out and will fail it. HW and school work, she gets it all correct. I don't know if this has any relation as we're still trying to figure this all out.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 6, 2007
    • 02:35 PM
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