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Congenital Hydrocephalus

Picture of congenital hydrocephalus

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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.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christian G. Zimmerman, MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery
Last Revised January 24, 2012

Last Revised: January 24, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Christian G. Zimmerman, MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery

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