Hydrocephalus


Hydrocephalus Video Transcript:

Hi, I’m Rebecca Walsh. I’m a partner at Reiter & Walsh, and I’ve been handling birth injury and medical malpractice cases for a long time. I’m going to talk about something called hydrocephalus.

In our brains, we have a number of ventricles, and when the ventricles get too much fluid in them, it’s called hydrocephalus. The treatment for that [hydrocephalus] is to put shunts in and drain that fluid out of the ventricles. Typically, doctors will measure the head circumference to make sure it’s within the normal range. There are expectation—based upon the baby’s height and weight—of what the head circumference will be. If the baby’s head is getting larger than the rest of the body disproportionally, or you notice your baby’s head continues to get bigger and bigger, that could be a sign of hydrocephalus. If that’s the case, you should go immediately to the doctor, because hydrocephalus can cause significant injury to the brain if it’s not treated right away.


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