Often called 'water on the brain',
this abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid may cause the brain to swell, and in some situations be life threatening. Hydrocephalus is seen in all age groups and treatment is determined by the cause.
Hydrocephalus can start even before a baby is born, but can also occur as a result of infections such as meningitis, head trauma, or central nervous system tumors.
Symptoms in young and middle-aged adults include:
- Acute/Chronic Headaches
- Bladder issues
- Vision problems
- Poor memory
- Difficulty concentrating
- Progressive deterioration in gait
Treatment is Crucial
A full medical history and physical investigation of your condition is imperative. If hydrocephalus is left untreated it can be fatal. While treatment may not reverse the damage that has already occurred, our goal at GHNC is prevent further brain damage and restore function. Depending on the age of the patient and medical examination, treatment can involve: