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Hydrocephalus is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within cavities in the brain called ventricles. It may be congenital or acquired. The excess fluid puts pressure on the brain, which can damage it.
The damage to the brain can cause a wide range of symptoms, including:
• being sick
• blurred vision
• difficulty walking
HOW IS HYDROCEPHALUS DIAGNOSED?
The health care provider will examine the baby. A head CT scan is one of the best tests for identifying hydrocephalus. Other tests that may be done include:
• Brain scan using radioisotopes
• Cranial ultrasound (an ultrasound of the brain)
• Lumbar puncture and examination of the cerebrospinal fluid (rarely done)
• Skull x-ray
HOW IS HYDROCEPHALUS TREATED?
Usually there is no treatment available for this problem and children suffering from the same have to undergo medications all their life. They also need therapy for speech and motor skills.
DID YOU KNOW?
This risk of contracting hydrocephalus can be reduced by getting proper prenatal care, getting the vaccinations that can prevent infections linked to hydrocephalus and using helmets while riding a bike.