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How does congenital hydrocephalus affect the body?

When a baby is born with congenital hydrocephalus, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which is a fluid that is necessary for the normal functioning of the brain and spinal cord, builds up in the baby's brain because it is not flowing normally or is being overproduced by the baby's body. The CSF normally flows through the ventricular system in the brain, which is a series of four interconnected spaces called ventricles. Congenital hydrocephalus causes too much CSF to accumulate in the ventricles, often because of an obstruction that affects the flow of CSF. This can cause the ventricles to swell and put pressure on the rest of the brain. This pressure can cause brain damage and other complications.

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