Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus (also known as “water on the brain”) is a condition defined by the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles of the brain. The result is increased pressure on brain tissue and inside the skull. This occurs as a result of overproduction of CSF, or improper drainage of CSF.

 

This potentially life threatening condition is most common in infants but can also be seen in adults. This overaccumulation of CSF can damage brain tissue and lead to long term impairment. It is often most associated with the swelling or enlargement of the cranium.

 

Those suffering from Hydrocephalus may experience signs or symptoms including:
 
● An enlarged head
● A rapid swelling of the head
● Headache
● Vomiting
● Urinary or bowel incontinence
● Fatigue or sleepiness
● Blurred or double vision
● Motor skill impairments
● Balance issues
● Poor coordination
● Irritability
● Poor feeding habits
● Loss of appetite
● Downward fixed eyes