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Pediatric Hydrocephalus

What is hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is excessive fluid in and around the brain. It occurs from a lack of absorption, blockage of flow, or overproduction of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) that's made inside the ventricles. The ventricles are fluid-filled areas of the brain. The CSF disperses from the ventricles around the brain and spinal cord. Too much CSF may result in a buildup of fluid that can cause the pressure inside of the head to increase. In a child, this causes the bones of the skull to expand and separate to a larger-than-normal appearance.

Prevention and Risk Assessment

  • What causes hydrocephalus?
  • What are the symptoms of hydrocephalus?

Diagnosis

  • How is hydrocephalus diagnosed?

Treatments

  • What is the treatment for hydrocephalus?
  • Life-long considerations
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Our Stories

Our Stories

Abagail's story

Abagail's Story

Every day is hydrocephalus awareness day for me - Abagail’s mom

Departments

Departments

Neuropsychology

Children’s National Health System has some of the world’s foremost experts in care for children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders affecting the brain and central nervous system.

Neurosurgery

Our neurosurgery experts provide advanced care for newborns and children with complex neurological conditions.

Neurology

Our pediatric neuroscience team is the largest in the country, allowing us to offer our vast experience to patients and families.

Neonatology

Whether your infant has arrived prematurely or has a critical illness, the Children’s National Hospital top-ranked team assists in coordinating every service you and your baby need, including consultations, assessments, emergency treatments and continuing care.

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Tea's Story

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