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

Pediatr Neurosurg. 2005 Sep-Oct;41(5):264-8. doi: 10.1159/000087486.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization*
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts / methods*
  • Dandy-Walker Syndrome / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydrocephalus / etiology
  • Hydrocephalus / surgery*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neuroendoscopy*
  • Neuronavigation