Congenital hydrocephalus is a condition present at birth in which too much cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collects inside the brain. Fluid may not drain from the brain's passageways (ventricles) or may not be absorbed as it should be. This leads to increased pressure within the brain.
Usually a baby with this condition will have a 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 of: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: John Pope MD - Pediatrics Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Christian G. Zimmerman MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Christian G. Zimmerman MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery