I created this site after realising that detailed content on this condition is extremely hard to come by on the internet. My intent was to present the user with in-depth information covering all aspects of hydrocephalus.
The condition can be defined as follows:
Hydrocephalus: The term is derived from the two Greek words which mean 'water' and 'head'. It is a neurological condition in which there is an abnormal increase in the amount of fluid in the ventricles of the brain. This is most commonly due to a blockage in the normal flow of the fluid as a result of an underlying condition.
Hydrocephalus can be either communicating or non-communicating. In communicating hydrocephalus, the fluid can pass freely between the ventricles of the brain, and the excess pressure comes about due to an imbalance between the production and re-absorption of the fluid. In non-communicating hydrocephalus, the pressure increase is caused by an obstruction between the ventricles.
If it is not treated, hydrocephalus causes compression of the brain and damage to the neural tissue. This damage can lead to a wide variety of problems, such as headaches, memory difficulties, visual problems, nausea, or trouble walking. Hydrocephalus is one of the most frequently seen problems in paediatric neurosurgical practice.
I have compiled the information on this site over many years, during which I have studied every book on hydrocephalus that I could get my hands on. You can see a list of my more prominent sources here.
In order to make sure that the information presented here is accurate, I only use medical books from the medical library and I regularly ask physicians to review my site and point out any errors. To date, there have been none. Furthermore, my site is currently being linked to from some of the most prominent authorities on hydrocephalus, including ASBAH - Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.
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