Hydrocephalus occurs when excess cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the brain’s ventricles and can lead to increased pressure on the brain. Cerebrospinal fluid is a fluid which surrounds the brain and spinal cord and helps to cushion the brain to prevent injury, keeps the brain buoyant within the skull, and helps maintain a constant pressure within the brain. Too much cerebrospinal fluid can lead to pressure in the brain which can damage brain tissue and impair brain function. If left untreated, hydrocephalus can lead to brain damage, a loss of mental and physical abilities, and even death.
Causes of Hydrocephalus
Hydrocephalus at birth or shortly after birth could be caused by any of the following:
- An obstruction to the flow of cerebrospinal fluid due to an abnormal development of the central nervous system
- Lesions or tumors of the brain or spinal cord
- A traumatic injury to the brain or head due to a difficult delivery
- Bleeding within the ventricles, which is a possible complication of premature birth
CHILD DIAGNOSED WITH HYDROCEPHALUS?
Symptoms of Hydrocephalus
Infants with hydrocephalus usually have heads that appear to be swollen and oddly shaped. Symptoms of hydrocephalus in babies might include:
- An unusually large head
- A rapid increase in head size
- A tense and bulging soft spot (fontanel)
- Downward deviation of the eyes (called “sun setting”)
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