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Bobble-head doll syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • BHDS
  • Bobble head doll syndrome
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Bobble-head doll syndrome (BHDS) is a rare neurological condition that is typically first seen in childhood. The signs and symptoms of BHDS include characteristic up and down head movements that increase during walking and excitement and decrease during concentration. Although the specific cause of this condition is unknown, BHDS is often seen with cysts in the third ventricle of the brain that also cause hydrocephalus (water on the brain). Treatment for BHDS may involve surgical removal of the cyst causing the condition or using a shunt to drain excess water on the brain.[1]
Last updated: 1/22/2014


  1. de Brito Henriques JG, Henriques KS, Filho GP. Bobble-head doll syndrome associated with Dandy-Walker syndrome. Case report.. J Neurosurg; September 2007; 107(3 Suppl):248-50. Accessed 1/22/2014.
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