Hydrocephalus

Common Name(s)

Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is a condition characterized by excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain. Although it was once known as "water on the brain," the "water" is actually cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) - clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Excess CSF builds up when it cannot drain from the brain due to a blockage in a passage through which the fluid normally flows.  This excess fluid causes an abnormal widening of spaces in the brain called ventricles; this can create harmful pressure on brain tissue. Symptoms vary with age, disease progression, and individual differences in tolerance to the condition. Hydrocephalus may be congenital (present at birth) or acquired. The causes are not fully understood; it may result from inherited genetic abnormalities or developmental disorders; complications of premature birth; diseases such as meningitis; tumors; traumatic head injury; or other causes. It is most often treated by surgically inserting a shunt system.
 

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Following organizations serve the condition "Hydrocephalus" for support, advocacy or research.

Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation

Our mission is to advance knowledge through research and to educate the medical, allied sciences, and lay community about Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and related CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) disorders.

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2013

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Hydrocephalus Association

The Hydrocephalus Association’s goal is to eliminate the challenges of hydrocephalus by stimulating innovative research and providing support, education and advocacy for individuals, families and professionals dealing with the complex issues of the condition.

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2012

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Missouri Family to Family

Missouri Family to Family provides customized information that allows families and individuals about needed resources and supports, navigating the maze of systems and services, as well as options to make their vision for their life possible. MOF2F also offers Sharing Our Strengths, which connects individuals with disabilities and/or their caregivers to a person who is available to listen with an open heart and open mind, offering emotional support, practical information, and/or shared experiences.

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2014

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Pediatric Brain Foundation

Pediatric Brain Foundation's Mission is Three-fold: 1. Expedite scientific research to find treatments and cures for ALL of the more than 14 million children, in the U.S. alone, living with some form of neurological disorder 2. Provide families and health care professionals with up-to-date information and resources on the latest discoveries in pediatric neurology 3. Educate the public and public officials on the critical importance of funding pediatric neurological research

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2015

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Spina Bifida Resource

Spina Bifida Resource's mission is to promote the prevention of spina bifida and its secondary conditions and to enhance the health and well-being of those affected.

Last Updated: 15 Nov 2012

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Hydrocephalus" for support, advocacy or research.

Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation

Our mission is to advance knowledge through research and to educate the medical, allied sciences, and lay community about Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and related CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) disorders.

http://www.CSFinfo.org

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2013

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Hydrocephalus Association

The Hydrocephalus Association’s goal is to eliminate the challenges of hydrocephalus by stimulating innovative research and providing support, education and advocacy for individuals, families and professionals dealing with the complex issues of the condition.

http://www.hydroassoc.org

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2012

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Missouri Family to Family

Missouri Family to Family provides customized information that allows families and individuals about needed resources and supports, navigating the maze of systems and services, as well as options to make their vision for their life possible. MOF2F also offers Sharing Our Strengths, which connects individuals with disabilities and/or their caregivers to a person who is available to listen with an open heart and open mind, offering emotional support, practical information, and/or shared experiences.

http://www.mofamilytofamily.org

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2014

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Pediatric Brain Foundation

Pediatric Brain Foundation's Mission is Three-fold: 1. Expedite scientific research to find treatments and cures for ALL of the more than 14 million children, in the U.S. alone, living with some form of neurological disorder 2. Provide families and health care professionals with up-to-date information and resources on the latest discoveries in pediatric neurology 3. Educate the public and public officials on the critical importance of funding pediatric neurological research

http://www.pediatricbrainfoundation.org

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2015

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Spina Bifida Resource

Spina Bifida Resource's mission is to promote the prevention of spina bifida and its secondary conditions and to enhance the health and well-being of those affected.

http://spinabifidaresource.weebly.com/

Last Updated: 15 Nov 2012

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Hydrocephalus" returned 816 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Old age and hydrocephalus are associated with poor prognosis in patients with tuberculous meningitis: A retrospective study in a Chinese adult population.
 

Author(s): Hai-Jun Huang, Ze-Ze Ren, Yi-Ning Dai, Yong-Xi Tong, Dan-Hong Yang, Mei-Juan Chen, Yi-Cheng Huang, Ming-Shan Wang, Jia-Jie Zhang, Wen-Yuan Song, Hong-Ying Pan

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jun;96(26):e7370.

 

Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is the most common form of central nervous system tuberculosis with a very poor prognosis. We aimed at assessing risk factors related to the prognosis of patients with TBM.Forty-five inpatients with TBM in our institution from January 2013 to December ...

Last Updated: 28 Jun 2017

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Clinical analysis of aqueductal stenosis in patients with hydrocephalus in a Kenyan setting.
 

Author(s): Loyal Poonamjeet Kaur, Nderitu Joseph Munyiri, Wekesa Vincent Dismus

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Aqueductal stenosis is the commonest cause of congenital hydrocephalus. The scope of this paper is to highlight the disease burden of hydrocephalus attributed to aqueductal stenosis which still remains unknown in our setting.

Last Updated: 23 May 2017

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Hydrocephalus and arthrogryposis in an immunocompetent mouse model of ZIKA teratogeny: A developmental study.
 

Author(s): Jose Xavier-Neto, Murilo Carvalho, Bruno Dos Santos Pascoalino, Alisson Campos Cardoso, Ângela Maria Sousa Costa, Ana Helena Macedo Pereira, Luana Nunes Santos, Ângela Saito, Rafael Elias Marques, Juliana Helena Costa Smetana, Silvio Roberto Consonni, Carla Bandeira, Vivian Vasconcelos Costa, Marcio Chaim Bajgelman, Paulo Sérgio Lopes de Oliveira, Marli Tenorio Cordeiro, Laura Helena Vega Gonzales Gil, Bianca Alves Pauletti, Daniela Campos Granato, Adriana Franco Paes Leme, Lucio Freitas-Junior, Carolina Borsoi Moraes Holanda de Freitas, Mauro Martins Teixeira, Estela Bevilacqua, Kleber Franchini

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The teratogenic mechanisms triggered by ZIKV are still obscure due to the lack of a suitable animal model. Here we present a mouse model of developmental disruption induced by ZIKV hematogenic infection. The model utilizes immunocompetent animals from wild-type FVB/NJ and C57BL/6J ...

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2017

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The terms "Hydrocephalus" returned 60 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Frontotemporal dementia as a comorbidity to idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH): a short review of literature and an unusual case.
 

Author(s): V E Korhonen, E Solje, N M Suhonen, T Rauramaa, R Vanninen, A M Remes, V Leinonen

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Behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) are neurodegenerative diseases that can present with similar symptoms. These include decline in executive functions, psychomotor slowness, and behavioural and personality changes. ...

Last Updated: 19 Apr 2017

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Hydrocephalus after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment.
 

Author(s): Sheng Chen, Jinqi Luo, Cesar Reis, Anatol Manaenko, Jianmin Zhang

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2017 ;2017():8584753.

 

Hydrocephalus (HCP) is a common complication in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage. In this review, we summarize the advanced research on HCP and discuss the understanding of the molecular originators of HCP and the development of diagnoses and remedies of HCP after SAH. It has ...

Last Updated: 4 Apr 2017

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Hydrocephalus secondary to chemotherapy in a case of prenatally diagnosed giant immature grade 3 sacrococcygeal teratoma: A case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Ioan Sarbu, Demetra Socolov, Razvan Socolov, Ingrith Miron, Mioara Trandafirescu, Smaranda Diaconescu, Carmen Iulia Ciongradi

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Oct;95(43):e5244.

 

Sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT) is a rare tumor in the general population, arising from multipotent stem cells. Whereas most of the cases diagnosed postnatally have good prognosis, the rate of mortality and morbidities associated with prenatally diagnosed SCT remain high, with a reported ...

Last Updated: 27 Oct 2016

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Last Updated: 18 Nov 2016

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A Randomized Cross-over Study for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

 

Last Updated: 21 Mar 2017

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Study of Choroid Plexus Cauderization in Patients With Hydrocephalus
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Hydrocephalus

 

Last Updated: 19 Apr 2017

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