The term hydrocephalus is derived from the Greek words “hydro” meaning water  and “cephalus” meaning head. As the name implies, it is a condition in which the primary characteristic is excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain. Although hydrocephalus was once known as “water on the brain,” the “water” is actually cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) — a clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal  cord. The excessive accumulation of CSF results in an abnormal widening of spaces in the brain called ventricles. This widening creates potentially harmful pressure on the tissues of the brain.

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For more information:

  1. www.ifglobal.org (the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus)
  2. www.sbhi.ie (Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland)
  3. www.shinecharity.org.uk (Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in the UK)
  4. www.hydroassoc.org (Hydrocephalus Association USA)

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