We report the case of a girl who has joint and skin laxity with atrophic scarring, and was diagnosed at birth with a Dandy-Walker malformation. She subsequently developed joint contractures, hydrocephalus and syringomyelia. This case shows some similarities to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type VI, but with no evidence of lysyl hydroxylase deficiency or ocular fragility. It is likely that she represents a distinct and recognizable syndrome. There was parental consanguinity and a subsequent pregnancy resulted in a similarly affected fetus, suggesting autosomal recessive inheritance. Clin Dysmorphol 10: 177-180. (C) 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.