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    Dandy-Walker Syndrome and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

    Whereas, The Dandy-Walker Alliance, Inc., is the only national organization that focuses on promoting education, informational activities and nonpartisan research to increase public awareness of the congenital birth defect known as Dandy-Walker syndrome; and,

    Whereas, Dandy-Walker syndrome is the most common congenital malformation of the cerebellum and affects between 10,000 to 40,000 people in the United States; and,

    Whereas, The incidence of Dandy-Walker syndrome is at least one case per every 25,000 to 30,000 live births; however, this is likely a significant underestimate because of difficulties diagnosing the syndrome; and,

    Whereas, Patients with Dandy-Walker syndrome have developmental delay, enlarged head circumference, or signs and symptoms of hydrocephalus; and,

    Whereas, Failure to diagnose Dandy-Walker syndrome with hydrocephalus in a neonate or child can cause serious neurologic complications; and,

    Whereas, Approximately 70 to 90 percent of patients with Dandy-Walker syndrome have hydrocephalus, and the syndrome accounts for approximately one to four percent of all hydrocephalus cases; and,

    Whereas, Hydrocephalus is a serious neurological condition and is characterized by the abnormal build-up of cerebrospinal fluids in the ventricles of the brain; and,

    Whereas, Hydrocephalus affects an estimated one million Americans, however, it often goes undetected or is misdiagnosed as dementia, Alzheimer's disease, or Parkinson's disease; and,

    Whereas, With appropriate diagnosis and treatment, people with hydrocephalus are able to live full and productive lives;

    Now, Therefore, be it Resolved, That I, Jennifer M. Granholm, governor of the state of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2009 Dandy-Walker Syndrome and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month in Michigan.  I encourage all citizens to learn more about Dandy-Walker syndrome and hydrocephalus and to help create awareness.

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