In addition to developing dementia, people with this condition lose bladder control and walk in a slow, hesitant manner, as if their feet are stuck to the floor. A surgically implanted tube (shunt) that drains fluid from a cavity in the brain (the lateral ventricle) to the jugular vein or to the abdomen brings rapid improvement, provided treatment is started soon after the symptoms appear.
- Q What is hydrocephalus?
- Q Can surgery for congenital hydrocephalus cause complications?
- Q How does hydrocephalus affect children differently than adults?
- Q What type of fluid is involved in acquired hydrocephalus?
- Q How do other illnesses affect hydrocephalus?
- Q Is congenital hydrocephalus serious?