Hydrocephalus

Water on the brain

Hydrocephalus is a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling.

Hydrocephalus means "water on the brain."

Skull of a newborn

The "sutures" or anatomical lines where the bony plates of the skull join together can be easily felt in the newborn infant. The diamond shaped space on the top of the skull and the smaller space further to the back are often referred to as the "soft spot" in young infants.

Causes

Symptoms

Exams and Tests

Treatment

Outlook (Prognosis)

Possible Complications

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Prevention