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Hydrocephalus

  • Jawad Yousaf
  • Stephano R. Parlato
  • Conor L. Mallucci
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Abstract

The term Hydrocephalus relates to the presence of an excessive amount of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which may cause an increase in intracranial pressure with or without associated abnormal enlargement of the cerebral ventricles. Hydrocephalus is not a single pathological disease entity rather it is secondary to a variety of pathological processes or insults that cause an imbalance between the production and absorption of CSF.

Keywords

Hydrocephalus Pathophysiology Classification Venticulo-peritoneal shunt Ventriculostomy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jawad Yousaf
    • 1
  • Stephano R. Parlato
    • 1
  • Conor L. Mallucci
    • 2
  1. 1.Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation TrustLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation TrustLiverpoolUK

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