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 How many people get affected with hydrocephalus?
- Q What is the rate of incidence for acquired hydrocephalus?
- Q What birth defects are associated with hydrocephalus?
- Q How do other illnesses affect congenital hydrocephalus?
- Q What is normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)?
- Q Can surgery for congenital hydrocephalus cause complications?