Hydrocephalus is described as water in the brain and it occurs when excessive fluid accumulates in the skull, causing the brain to swell. The fluid buildup can lead to brain damage, leading to developmental, physical and intellectual impairments. Hydrocephalus mainly occurs in children and senior adults over the age of 60; it can also occur before the birth of a child.

Signs and symptoms

  • An unusually large head (for infants after birth)
  • Rapid increase in the size of the head
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Poor appetite
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Unstable balance
  • Difficulty remaining awake or waking up
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Decline in memory or concentration

Note: these are just a few signs and symptoms provided for informational purposes. Do not attempt self-diagnosis based on this list.


As there is no known prevention or cure for Hydrocephalus, surgery is often introduced to help with Hydrocephalus treatment. The most common surgical treatment advised is the surgical implantation of a device called a shunt. The shunt is a flexible tube with a valve that can help direct fluid to flow at a proper rate and right direction. Patients with a shunt implanted will need a shunt system for the rest of their lives and close monitoring is required. Another surgical treatment will include draining the liquid from the brain by making a hole in the bottom of one or between the ventricles.

Northern Neurology Specialties, Dr. Jill Bressler – Experts You Can Trust for Hydrocephalus Treatment

Hydrocephalus is a condition that requires close monitoring. It is vital that you seek professionals who possess expertise in treating hydrocephalus and can provide you with pertinent advice on the before and after care treatment. Dr. Bressler has experience in the diagnosis and, when necessary, the pre and post surgical phases of hydrocephalus care. Contact us to talk about hydrocephalus and the various treatment options potentially available to you.