Hydrocephalus can affect anyone at any age but is most common in infants and older adults. Some of these cases can be associated with abnormalities in the brain and spinal cord during pregnancy. The two major types of hydrocephalus are called communicating hydrocephalus and non-communicating hydrocephalus. Jan 17, · Adult-onset hydrocephalus Benjamin D. Elder, M.D., Ph.D., a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, discusses adult-onset hydrocephalus, including idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.
In adult onset of obstructive hydrocephalus, there is usually a mechanical blockage of the spinal fluid flow including tumors, webbings, Chiari malformation or prior hemorrhage. The usual treatment involves either endoscopic third ventriculostomy or shunting. Sep 26, · When hydrocephalus occurs in adults, CSF levels rise but the amount of pressure is usually normal. It still causes the brain to swell and can lead to impaired functioning. In adults, this condition Author: Amanda Delgado.
Adult hydrocephalus is hydrocephalus which occurs in an adult patient. While in some cases it may represent a patient with prior congenital hydrocephalus, it can also be caused by the new onset of hydrocephalus later in life. On this page we will discuss the later. Jan 24, · Hydrocephalus -- which roughly means “water on the brain” -- is the buildup of fluid in the cavities (ventricles) deep within the brain. This fluid doesn’t flow or get absorbed the way it should.