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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus is accumulation of fluid in the cavities deep within the brain, resulting in increased pressure on the brain and brain damage. It's most common in infants and older adults.

Symptoms of hydrocephalus

  • Speech that does not make sense, or behavior that is strange

  • My brain is not functioning right now

  • Feeling flustered or scared

  • Poor memory

  • Concentration is getting worse

  • Patient unable to recall or speak his/her name and birthday

  • Taking smaller steps to walk

  • Fatigue

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hydrocephalus

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose hydrocephalus

  • Do people around you feel like you are speaking incoherently or acting irrationally?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

  • Do you feel flustered or scared on daily basis?

  • Have you been forgetful recently?

  • Do you feel you have problems concentrating recently?

Treatment for hydrocephalus

Treatment is often a tube inserted surgically into a cavity in the brain to drain excess fluid, or surgical insertion of a drainage system, called a shunt that keeps fluid from the brain flowing in the right direction. Medication to decrease fluid level are used as well.

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References

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    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)60694-8/fulltext

  • Tully HM, Dobyns WB. Infantile hydrocephalus: a review of epidemiology, classification and causes. Eur J Med Genet. 2014 Aug;57(8):359-68. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmg.2014.06.002. Epub 2014 Jun 13. PMID: 24932902; PMCID: PMC4334358.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1769721214001347?via%3Dihub

  • Filis AK, Aghayev K, Vrionis FD. Cerebrospinal Fluid and Hydrocephalus: Physiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Cancer Control. 2017 Jan;24(1):6-8. doi: 10.1177/107327481702400102. PMID: 28178707.

    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/107327481702400102

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