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Pediatric Hydrocephalus

Key Points About Hydrocephalus in Children

  • A baby with hydrocephalus has extra cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) around the brain. The baby's head may look larger than normal.
  • This is a rare condition.
  • A healthcare provider may diagnose this condition during an ultrasound in pregnancy.  
  • The goal of treatment is to reduce the pressure inside your baby's head. This is done by draining the fluid or decreasing its production.
  • The key to treating this condition is getting it diagnosed and treated early, and preventing infections.
Children's Team

Children's Team


Hallie Morris

Hallie Morris

Neonatal Lead, Complex Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Program
Hasan Syed

Hasan Syed

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship
Our Stories

Our Stories

Abagail's story

Abagail's Story

Every day is hydrocephalus awareness day for me - Abagail’s mom




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