What is hydrocephalus? Hydrocephalus is a condition caused by too much cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) inside the ventricles of your brain. Ventricles are spaces inside the brain where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is produced. CSF surrounds your brain and spinal cord. CSF is constantly being made and absorbed by your body. It moves through ventricles before it drains out and gets absorbed into your bloodstream. When CSF cannot drain properly, the fluid pressure may cause the ventricles to swell.


What are the most common types of hydrocephalus in adults?

What increases my risk of hydrocephalus? You may have been born with hydrocephalus. The following can also increase your risk:

What are the signs and symptoms of hydrocephalus? Signs and symptoms may be mild at first and get worse over time:

How is hydrocephalus diagnosed? Hydrocephalus can look like many other medical problems, so tests are needed to confirm a diagnosis:

How is hydrocephalus treated? You may need long-term treatment to keep your symptoms from coming back.

What are the risks of hydrocephalus?

How do I manage hydrocephalus?

Where can I find more information?

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


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