Dandy-Walker Syndrome

Dandy-Walker Syndrome is a congenital (present at birth) brain malformation involving the cerebellum and the fluid-filled spaces around it. The cerebellum is region at the back of the brain that controls movement. The main characteristics of this syndrome are:

  • Enlargement of the fourth ventricle – the small channel that allows fluid to flow between the upper and lower parts of the brain and spinal cord
  • Partial or complete absence of the cerebellar vermis – the area of the brain between the two cerebellar hemispheres that coordinates voluntary muscle movements
  • Cyst formation near the internal base of the baby’s skull

There is great variation in the severity of the syndrome, ranging from a lifetime without symptoms to serious disability and even death. Diagnosis typically takes place between three and four years of age, but may be made as early as nine months or up to 12 years. Most patients also have hydrocephalus, which means excess fluid on the brain.


Clomid: Maternal use of the fertility drug Clomid has been shown to increase a baby’s risk of developing Dandy-Walker syndrome by 4.4 times. This greatly increased risk was indicated in the ongoing National Birth Defects Prevention Study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


There is not much that can be done in the way of treatment of Dandy-Walker syndrome. The associated problems can be treated and, if the syndrome leads to a diminished mental capacity, special education and related services can be arranged. A special tube called a shunt may be placed inside the skull to redirect fluid, which will reduce pressure on the brain and control swelling. However, there is little else that can be done in terms of altering the effects of the syndrome.

Your Baby’s Rights

If your baby was born with Dandy-Walker syndrome that may have been caused by exposure to Clomid before birth, your family deserves financial compensation. Although no amount of money will change what happened to your baby, compensation will help offset the current and future medical costs, as well as provide for the pain and suffering you and your baby have experienced. Filing a claim will also teach the manufacturers of unsafe medications that it is unacceptable to not warn parents of the risks associated with these drugs, including serious birth defects. Your suit may even prevent other families from suffering as yours has, by forcing the pharmaceutical company to change their drug’s label to warn parents of the potential risks.

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You may be eligible for compensation to ease the financial burdens associated with your baby’s injury. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, during which we will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have and discuss your legal rights and options. If you choose us to represent you, we will work with you on a contingency fee basis; this means you pay nothing until we have secured compensation for you, either through a jury verdict or settlement.


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