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Hydrocephalus

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Synonyms of Hydrocephalus

  • Hydrocephaly
  • Water on the Brain

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Benign Hydrocephalus
  • Communicating Hydrocephalus
  • Internal Hydrocephalus
  • Non-Communicating Hydrocephalus
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Obstructive Hydrocephalus

General Discussion

Hydrocephalus is a condition in which abnormally widened (dilated) cerebral spaces in the brain (ventricles) inhibit the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the skull and puts pressure on the brain tissue. An enlarged head in infants and increased cerebrospinal fluid pressure are frequent findings but are not necessary for the diagnosis of Hydrocephalus. There are several different forms of Hydrocephalus: communicating hydrocephalus, non-communicating hydrocephalus or obstructive hydrocephalus, internal hydrocephalus, normal pressure hydrocephalus, and benign hydrocephalus.

Organizations related to Hydrocephalus

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