The term ‘hydrocephalus’ refers to a condition in
which there is abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid, within the brain.
SYMPTOMS: This condition
is suspected if the child’s head appears to be much bigger than those of other
children his age. Keep in mind that some children have a biggish
head, which is normal. If in doubt, however, consult your
MANAGEMENT: After examination, the doctor may measure the head circumference at
intervals to see if
the growth is more rapid than normal. If so, he may decide
to get the child investigated. A sonography of the head or a CT
scan may confirm, or rule out, the diagnosis of
With surgery, the child can have a normal life.
Untreated children can develop complications like convulsions and mental retardation. In some cases, the condition can
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