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What are the bad risks if my baby has extra fluid in her head?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

The primary source of extra fluid in the head is the normal spinal fluid produced in the ventricles of the brain but blocked from its normal distribution & absorption pathway over the cerebral hemispheres.
If unable to travel out, the fluid builds up pressure & distorts the brain. Fluid pockets could also occur if a stroke led to loss of brain substance & spinal fluid filled the void.Surgery helps.

In brief: Depends

The primary source of extra fluid in the head is the normal spinal fluid produced in the ventricles of the brain but blocked from its normal distribution & absorption pathway over the cerebral hemispheres.
If unable to travel out, the fluid builds up pressure & distorts the brain. Fluid pockets could also occur if a stroke led to loss of brain substance & spinal fluid filled the void.Surgery helps.
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