Occipital meningoceles in patients with the Dandy-Walker syndrome

A. K. Bindal*, B. B. Storrs, David G McLone

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Occipital cephaloceles in the Dandy-Walker syndrome are not rare. To date, 28 cases have been reported. We report on 8 cases of associated occipital meningocele, totalling 16% of all patients with the Dandy-Walker syndrome in our series. In all patients, communication existed between the posterior fossa cyst and the occipital meningocele. In 2 patients, the occipital meningocele disappeared after cerebrospinal fluid shunting and never required surgical repair. It appears that the cranial defect had ossified and resulted in self-closure. Poor intellectual development in persons with the Dandy-Walker syndrome is associated with the presence of other central nervous system and systemic abnormalities and not with occipital meningoceles alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)844-847
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


  • Cerebrospinal fluid shunting
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Dandy-Walker syndrome
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Occipital meningoceles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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