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How does hydrocephalus affect the body?

In small children and infants, hydrocephalus can affect the head by increasing its size to accommodate the excess fluid build up. Hydrocephalus may also slow growth in children as well impact facial formation and eye spacing. In adults, the fluid build up in hydrocephalus affects different areas of the brain and can cause you to lose your ability to control your bladder and bowel.

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