How is acquired hydrocephalus diagnosed?

This is typically identified on brain imaging whether this is a brain CT or MRI which will show large ventricles (which are the fluid filled spaces in the brain) in combination with flattening of the bumpy folds of the brain called gyri. The imaging is often ordered because the physician may have seen swelling of the optic nerve suggestive of increased pressure in the brain called papilledema.

Diagnosis of acquired hydrocephalus is based on imaging tests of the brain. These include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT), and ultrasonography. Your doctor will also give you a full neurological evaluation.

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