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Is hydrocephalus serious?

Aria Fallah, MD
Neurosurgery
Hydrocephalus can be very serious, and even fatal, if left untreated. Fifty percent of those who fail to have their hydrocephalus treated will die. The other half survive with what is called arrested hydrocephalus. Those who are not treated and survive may have serious brain damage and physical disabilities. 

Hydrocephalus can be very serious, and even fatal, if left untreated. Fifty percent of those who fail to have their hydrocephalus treated will die. Those who are not treated and survive may have serious brain damage and physical disabilities.

With treatment, hydrocephalus can be managed. Infants who survive to age one with hydrocephalus will not have a shortened life expectancy due to hydrocephalus. Approximately thirty percent of the children born with hydrocephalus who live past their first birthday will have normal cognitive capabilities.

People who are affected by hydrocephalus later in life because of another disorder have the best chance of recovering to a normal state of being.

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