Hydrocephalus categories and types
Categories of hydrocephalus are:
Types of hydrocephalus include:
Communicating hydrocephalus—occurs when excess CSF is found without an obvious blockage
Hydrocephalus ex-vacuo—the fluid buildup happens after stroke, traumatic brain injury or some degenerative diseases when the brain wastes away.
Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH )—this usually begins slowly and is more common in adults over age 60. Typically, the symptoms include problems with memory, walking and urinary incontinence; however any of these symptoms can be found alone. One of the first symptoms is a sudden fall without losing consciousness. Patients with NPH are often misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, since some symptoms of these conditions are similar.
Obstructive hydrocephalus—the blockage of spinal fluid flow, such as from a brain tumor, Chiari malformation or a previous brain hemorrhage.
Hydrocephalus causes and risks
Some of causes and risks for hydrocephalus in adults are:
Bleeding blood vessel in the brain
Brain infections, such a meningitis
Central nervous system tumors
If you recognize symptoms of this condition get medical attention quickly.
Common symptoms are:
Bladder control problems
Changes in walking pattern
Difficulty waking up or staying awake
Impaired vision and cognitive skills
Loss of coordination or balance
Living with hydrocephalus
Hydrocephalus can cause permanent brain damage and affect physical and mental development. This condition is even potentially fatal when not treated. Thankfully, most forms of hydrocephalus are treatable, and many are even curable. In fact, proper treatment allows many people to lead relatively normal lives.
Why choose The Christ Hospital Health Network
Your will receive compassionate, comprehensive hydrocephalus care and support from our experienced team of neurosurgeons and neurosurgery nurses.
Our dedicated neurosurgery team includes expert neurosurgeons, pediatric specialists, neonatal specialists and behavioral medicine. This team works together to provide expert treatment for adults with hydrocephalus.
Find out more about hydrocephalus care at The Christ Hospital Health Network.