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What is hydrocephalus and how does it affect a baby?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Excess fluid in head: Hydrocephalus is the greek word for "waterhead"; it is caused by accumulation of excess fluid intracranially from a variery of disorders (spina bifida, aqueductal stenosis, infections, bleeding, developmental anomalies). It compresses and deprives the developing fetal brain from adequate perfusion and can thus cause irreparable neurological injury and neurodevelopmental defects. Seek mfm care!

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