Hydrocephalus Research Paper

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Hydrocephalus is a medical condition in which there is cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. This cause increases pressure inside the skull and may cause enlargement of the head if it occurs in the childhood, it can cause convulsions, mental disability and tunnel vision. It can also be called “Water on the brain.” Hydrocephalus can be inherited or acquired factors. This includes Spina Bifida, Craniosynostosis and Vein of Galen malformations. For acquired causes hemorrhage,head trauma,tumors and cysts.
There are two types of Hydrocephalus that are called non-communicating Hydrocephalus and communicating Hydrocephalus, although there is some things/ people that say communicating forms can lead to CSF flow.For non-communicating Hydrocephalus the CSf can not reach the
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For instances, infants symptoms are an unusually large head,a rapid increase in the size of the head,a bulging or tense soft spot (fontanel) on the top of the head. But the physical signs are vomiting,sleepiness,irritability,poor feeding. Also seizures,Eyes fixed downward (sunsetting of the eyes),deficits in muscle tone and strength, responsiveness to touch, and expected growth.

In toddlers and older children the physical symptoms are headache and double vision. The physical signs are abnormal enlargement of a toddler's head,sleepiness,difficulty staying awake or waking up,nausea or vomiting,unstable balance,poor coordination,poor appetite,seizures. For young and middle aged adults their symptoms are chronic headaches,loss of coordination,difficulty walking. Also bladder problems,vision problems,poor memory,and difficulty concentrating on things.
For older people mostly around their 60s theirs would be normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). Their symptoms are it changes the way you walk,impaired mental functions, such as memory problems. Also they have trouble controlling urine,trouble controlling stools and they get

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