Hydrocephalus Causes & Risk Factors
- Q What causes hydrocephalus?
Hydrocephalus is caused by the interrupted flow and subsequent accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Cerebrospinal fluid is the complex liquid that feeds and surrounds the brain, nourishing it, cushioning it, and keeping it healthy. This... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for hydrocephalus?
Babies are at increased risk for hydrocephalus if they did not fully develop or if they were exposed to an infection in the womb. Children or adults who suffer head injury, brain surgery or an infection of the nervous system also have an increased risk.... Full Answer
- Q Who is most at risk for acquired hydrocephalus?
Acquired hydrocephalus is caused by head injury or an obstruction in the brain, such as a tumor. Therefore, you are at higher risk for this condition if you regularly participate in activities that may cause head injuries, or do not wear head protection.... Full Answer
- Q What increases my child's risk for congenital hydrocephalus?
Genetic abnormalities and problems with the fetal development of your child while still in the womb may increase your child's risk for congenital hydrocephalus. Genetic defects inherited from one or both parents can affect how cerebrospinal fluid (CSF),... Full Answer
- Q Can I develop hydrocephalus as an adult?
Adults can develop hydrocephalus, however it is not as common as being affected by it as a child. When hydrocephalus comes on later in life it is known as normal pressure hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus in adults is usually brought on by injury, brain... Full Answer
- Q Does acquired hydrocephalus affect older people?
Acquired hydrocephalus can occur at any age. It can be caused by head trauma or preexisting conditions such as stroke. Older adults develop a type of acquired hydrocephalus called normal pressure hydrocephalus. Symptoms include loss of bladder control,... Full Answer
- Q Does congenital hydrocephalus run in families?
Yes, it appears that congenital hydrocephalus can run in families. It is thought that congenital hydrocephalus can be caused by genetic defects that can be passed from one or both parents to a child, but the direct links to hereditary disorders are still... Full Answer
- Q What causes acquired hydrocephalus?
Congenital hydrocephalus, one type of hydrocephalus, is present a birth. However, acquired hydrocephalus refers to hydrocephalus that develops any time after birth. It can be caused by head trauma from an accident or conditions such as tumors, cysts,... Full Answer
- Q What causes congenital hydrocephalus?
Experts are still working on pinpointing all the causes of congenital hydrocephalus. It is thought to be caused by genetic abnormalities, which are inherited from one or both parents, and by problems that occur when a fetus is still in the womb. Problems... Full Answer