Illustration copyright 2000 by Nucleus Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. http://www.nucleusinc.com
Congenital hydrocephalus is a condition present at birth in which excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collects within the brain. The brain's passageways (ventricles) may not drain or absorb fluid properly, leading to increased pressure within the brain. Usually a baby with congenital hydrocephalus will have a noticeably bigger head than other babies the same age. Early treatment-before age 4 months-is important to help limit or prevent brain damage.
Current as ofDecember 12, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Christian G. Zimmerman, MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery
Medical Review:John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christian G. Zimmerman, MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery