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What is hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus is a life-threatening condition characterized by an enlarged head. It is caused when a blockage to the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid results in a buildup of pressure. This pressure pushes the soft skull outwards, creating an enlarged head and putting pressure on the brain. If left untreated, this pressure can damage the brain, cause blindness, and lead to death.

What issues do children with hydrocephalus face?


An enlarged head results from excess fluid in the skull, and children are at risk for infection and injury.


Children and their families often experiencediscrimination, leading to poor self-confidence and isolation.


Children may experience a delay in meeting milestones like holding their head up, sitting, and walking.

How does surgery change a child’s life?

  • With physical and educational therapies, children can attend school, help at home, and participate in community life.
  • Speech and mobility may improve.
  • Hope is restored as children and families are welcomed back into the community.

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