Can hydrocephalus be prevented?

Hydrocephalus may be prevented by taking steps to reduce your chance of being affected by conditions that cause hydrocephalus. It is possible to detect birth defects and genetic abnormalities that can cause hydrocephalus by receiving proper prenatal screenings and ultrasounds. Early detection of defects that lead to hydrocephalus can result in procedures to repair the defect or abnormality before or shortly after the baby is born.

Taking precautions to prevent injury to the head and spine may also reduce the risk of hydrocephalus. Receiving a vaccine for infections, such as meningitis, can limit the risk of contracting the types of infections that attack your nervous system and increase your risk of hydrocephalus.

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Hydrocephalus is excess fluid in the brain, and is a condition in infants. A large head may be a symptom along with rapid increase in head size or vomiting. If caught early, placement of a shunt to reduce the fluid can result in c...

lose to normal life. If not caught, brief lifespan an severe developmental problems will result. Prevention includes fetal monitoring and growth monitoring

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