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What is hydrocephalus?

Aria Fallah, MD
Neurosurgery
Hydrocephalus is a condition in which fluid accumulates in the brain, typically in young children, enlarging the head and sometimes causing brain damage. 

Hydrocephalus is a condition in which fluid accumulates in the brain. There are three main types of hydrocephalus. One type, acquired hydrocephalus, develops any time after birth. Congenital is present at birth, and idiopathic develops for unknown reasons.

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