External obstructive hydrocephalus: a study of clinical and developmental aspects in ten children

J Neurosurg Nurs. 1983 Aug;15(4):255-60. doi: 10.1097/01376517-198308000-00014.


At this time there are few published cases on this problem, but we have found that the syndrome does seem to correct itself with time. As the patients become stronger and their age increases, they catch up with their peer group. A 1978 study by Robertson documented five of six children attaining normal levels of skills appropriately. In another recent study, Ment researched eighteen infants with seventeen eventually developing within normal limits. Shunting of CSF through surgical intervention does not seem to be needed. We hope to continue our study and follow these children on a long-term basis, seeking to find the total picture of this seemingly benign syndrome.

MeSH terms

  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid / analysis
  • Child Development*
  • Dandy-Walker Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Dandy-Walker Syndrome / nursing
  • Dandy-Walker Syndrome / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydrocephalus / diagnosis*
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Skull / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed