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by Carson-DeWitt R

(Water on the Brain)

 

Causes

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:
 

Prevention

There are no current guidelines to prevent hydrocephalus.
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
 

RESOURCES

Hydrocephalus Foundation, Inc.
http://www.hydrocephalus.org

National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke
http://www.ninds.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada
http://www.sbhac.ca

 

References


Hydrocephalus in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated May 25, 2012. Accessed June 26, 2013.


Hydrocephalus. PEMSoft at EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Accessed June 26, 2013.


Hydrocephalus fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/hydrocephalus/detail%5Fhydrocephalus.htm . Updated June 13, 2013. Accessed June 26, 2013.

 

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