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Walker-Warburg syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Cerebroocular dysgenesis
  • Cerebroocular dysplasia muscular dystrophy syndrome
  • Chemke syndrome
  • COD-MD syndrome
  • Hard +/- E syndrome
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How might Walker-Warburg syndrome be treated?

There is currently no cure or treatment for Walker-Warburg syndrome. Management is generally only supportive and preventive. Individuals who develop seizures are typically treated with anticonvulsants. A few children require surgical procedures, such as shunting for hydrocephalus or correction of encephalocele. Physical therapy can be offered to aid in development or prevent worsening of contractures; however, the benefit of this has not been established. Feeding usually needs to be monitored and in some cases, a supplemental nasogastric or gastric feeding tube may be necessary.[1]
Last updated: 3/23/2011

  1. Jiri Vajsar and Harry Schachter. Walker-Warburg syndrome. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. August 3, 2006; 1(29): Accessed 3/22/2011.

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • lists trials that are studying or have studied Walker-Warburg syndrome. Click on the link to go to to read descriptions of these studies.
  • The Christopher A. Walsh Laboratory is interested in the development of the cerebral cortex. Abnormal development of the cerebral cortex in humans results in epilepsy, autism, mental retardation, dyslexia, and other learning disorders, and perhaps some psychiatric conditions as well. Several of their projects are directed at trying to understand the basic biology of the cortex by studying the mutations that disturb its development. Conditions that they are currently researching include: double cortex syndrome, periventricular heterotopia, schizencephaly, perisylvian polymicrogyria and Walker Warburg syndrome. Click on the link above to access further information about this research.