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Hydrocephalus: Introduction

Hydrocephalus: A condition which is characterized by marked dilatation of the cerebral ventricles. See detailed information below for a list of 227 causes of Hydrocephalus, Symptom Checker, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Hydrocephalus:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Hydrocephalus. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Hydrocephalus

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Causes of Types of Hydrocephalus:

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Hydrocephalus: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Hydrocephalus, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Hydrocephalus Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Hydrocephalus may include:

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Stories from Users for Hydrocephalus

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Hydrocephalus: Animations

Hydrocephalus: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Hydrocephalus may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Hydrocephalus

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Hydrocephalus: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Hydrocephalus

Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions, such as a more »

Mild traumatic brain injury often remains undiagnosed: Although the symptoms of severe brain injury are hard to miss, it is less clear for milder injuries, or even those causing a mild concussion diagnosis. The condition goes by the name of " more »

MTBI misdiagnosed as balance problem: When a person has symptoms such as vertigo or dizziness, a diagnosis of brain injury may go overlooked. This is particularly true of more »

Brain pressure condition often misdiagnosed as dementia: A condition that results from an excessive pressure of CSF within the brain is often misdiagnosed. It may more »

Post-concussive brain injury often misdiagnosed: A study found that soldiers who had suffered a concussive injury in battle often were misdiagnosed on their return. A variety of symptoms can occur in more »

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, but migraines can more »

Hydrocephalus: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hydrocephalus: Related Rare Diseases

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Hydrocephalus: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Hydrocephalus listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Hydrocephalus as a symptom include:

Article Excerpts about Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is a condition in which the primary characteristic is excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain. Although hydrocephalus was once known as "water on the brain," the "water" is actually cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) -- a clear fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The excessive accumulation of CSF results in an abnormal dilation of the spaces in the brain called ventricles. This dilation causes potentially harmful pressure on the tissues of the brain. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Hydrocephalus Information Page: NINDS)

Hydrocephalus is a condition in which the primary characteristic is excessive... (Source: excerpt from NINDS Hydrocephalus Information Page: NINDS)

Definitions of Hydrocephalus:

Excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the cranium which may be associated with dilation of cerebral ventricles, INTRACRANIAL HYPERTENSION; HEADACHE; lethargy; URINARY INCONTINENCE; and ATAXIA (and in infants macrocephaly). This condition may be caused by obstruction of cerebrospinal fluid pathways due to neurologic abnormalities, INTRACRANIAL HEMORRHAGES; CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM INFECTIONS; BRAIN NEOPLASMS; CRANIOCEREBRAL TRAUMA; and other conditions. Impaired resorption of cerebrospinal fluid from the arachnoid villi results in a communicating form of hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus ex-vacuo refers to ventricular dilation that occurs as a result of brain substance loss from CEREBRAL INFARCTION and other conditions.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

An abnormal condition in which cerebrospinal fluid collects in the ventricles of the brain; in infants it can cause abnormally rapid growth of the head and bulging fontanelles and a small face; in adults the symptoms are primarily neurological
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the cranium which may be a congenital or acquired disorder; hydrocephalus ex-vacuo refers to ventricular dilation that occurs as a result of brain substance loss from cerebral infarction and other conditions.
- (Source - CRISP)

Hydrocephalus is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Hydrocephalus, or a subtype of Hydrocephalus, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
- (Source - National Institute of Health)

Detailed list of causes of Hydrocephalus

The list below shows some of the causes of Hydrocephalus mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Hydrocephalus?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Hydrocephalus. Of the 227 causes of Hydrocephalus that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 0 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 5 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 8 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 219 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Hydrocephalus:

The following list of conditions have 'Hydrocephalus' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Hydrocephalus:

The following list of medical conditions have Hydrocephalus or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.








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Causes of Hydrocephalus Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Hydrocephalus based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?

    What are the alternative names for Hydrocephalus:

    Hydrencephalus, Hydrencephaly, Hydrocephaly
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Hydrocephalus:

    Medical Conditions associated with Hydrocephalus:

    Brain swelling (387 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Swelling symptoms (3730 causes), Swollen head (607 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes)

    Symptoms related to Hydrocephalus:

    Increased intracranial pressure (71 causes), Projectile vomiting, Cerebrospinal fluid, CSF, Brain ventricles, Spina bifida (30 causes), Papilledema

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

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