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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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My child was diagnosed with Walker-Warburg syndrome. He is unable to sit, stand, walk or speak and has poor head control. What can we do to help him?

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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

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