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by Carson-DeWitt R

(Water on the Brain)



Hydrocephalus occurs when:
  • A blockage doesn't allow CSF to drain properly
  • Another condition, such as bleeding, inflammation, or infection, makes the brain unable to resorb fluid
  • An excess of CSF is produced
These problems with the CSF may be caused by:


There are no current guidelines to prevent hydrocephalus, but you can decrease your risk of developing it. In general:
To prevent certain infections in the mother during pregnancy, take these steps:
  • Talk with your doctor about updating your vaccines
  • Carefully cook meat and vegetables
  • Correctly clean contaminated knives and cutting surfaces
  • Avoid handling cat litter, or wear gloves when cleaning the litter box
  • Avoid rodent contact


National Hydrocephalus Foundation

National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke



Health Canada

Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada



Hydrocephalus in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated May 25, 2012. Accessed June 26, 2013.

Hydrocephalus. PEMSoft at EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Accessed June 26, 2013.

Hydrocephalus fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: Updated June 13, 2013. Accessed June 26, 2013.


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