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Water on the Brain Definition & Overview

Definition

Hydrocephalus is a condition in which too much fluid builds up in the brain. The fluid collects in cavities called ventricles. The fluid is cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), a clear liquid that normally surrounds both the spinal cord and the brain.

Hydrocephalus

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Hydrocephalus occurs when:

  • An excess of CSF is produced (rare)
  • A blockage that doesn't allow CSF to drain properly (more commonly)

Hydrocephalus can be:

  • Congenital—You are born with the condition.
  • Acquired—You suffer an injury or an illness that causes the condition to develop.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2018 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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