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How common is hydrocephalus?

Aria Fallah, MD
Neurosurgery
Hydrocephalus occurs in two out of every 1,000 births in the United States. It is not known how many people develop it after birth. Approximately 125,000 persons are living with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunts, and 33,000 shunts are placed annually in the United States.

Hydrocephalus occurs in 2 of every 1,000 births in the U.S. It is not known how many people develop it after birth. Hydrocephalus results from some common birth defects, including myelomeningocele, the most common form of spina bifida.

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