Is acquired hydrocephalus serious?

If acquired hydrocephalus is treated upon onset, treatment can reverse symptoms. However, if this disease has been present for some time, it can cause brain damage and severe developmental problems in children. And if acquired hydrocephalus it not treated at all, the swelling in the brain is usually fatal.

If you have a shunt, it may break down for any number of reasons, or you may develop an infection. If this happens, excess fluid will begin to accumulate in the brain again. Therefore, it is extremely important to watch for the same types of symptoms that developed before diagnosis, and seek treatment immediately if these symptoms reoccur.

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