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What is the difference between hydrocephalus and hydranencephaly?
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Dr. Clarissa Phelps
Family Medicine
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In brief: Loss of the Cerebrum
Hydranencephaly is a birth defect in which the cerebral hemispheres are absent and replaced by cerebrospinal fluid.
The brainstem usually remains. Babies with this condition have a very poor prognosis. In hydrocephalus, cerebrospinal fluid is increased in the ventricles of the brain. The brain is intact, however. It is usually treated by a surgical shunt to drain the excess fluid.

In brief: Loss of the Cerebrum
Hydranencephaly is a birth defect in which the cerebral hemispheres are absent and replaced by cerebrospinal fluid.
The brainstem usually remains. Babies with this condition have a very poor prognosis. In hydrocephalus, cerebrospinal fluid is increased in the ventricles of the brain. The brain is intact, however. It is usually treated by a surgical shunt to drain the excess fluid.
Dr. Clarissa Phelps
Dr. Clarissa Phelps
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In brief: No brains!
Anencephaly means no brain.
Hydrocephaly means fluid filled brain.

In brief: No brains!
Anencephaly means no brain.
Hydrocephaly means fluid filled brain.
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