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My daughter has congenital hydrocephalus, she was born at 35 weeks. How can this affect her motor development?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Outcome is variable

Each child with hydrocephalus has a variable outcome based on a number of issues that are often involved.
Is there a blockage? Is there a midbrain &or spinal cord involvement? Will a single surgery or multiple surgeries be involved? I have known of kids that grew up and did fine & have had many that were wheelchair bound by their teen years & had learning pbs. Work with your doc & get the info.

In brief: Outcome is variable

Each child with hydrocephalus has a variable outcome based on a number of issues that are often involved.
Is there a blockage? Is there a midbrain &or spinal cord involvement? Will a single surgery or multiple surgeries be involved? I have known of kids that grew up and did fine & have had many that were wheelchair bound by their teen years & had learning pbs. Work with your doc & get the info.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Developmental issues

That occur in children with hydrocephalus are variable, as dr. F explained, & can include cognitive, motor & social/adaptive challenges.
The impacts can often be reduced by early intervention, then school-based therapies & ongoing medical care by pediatricians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, pede. Ophthalmologists, orthopedists & more. For support & information see http://www.Hydroassoc.Org/.

In brief: Developmental issues

That occur in children with hydrocephalus are variable, as dr. F explained, & can include cognitive, motor & social/adaptive challenges.
The impacts can often be reduced by early intervention, then school-based therapies & ongoing medical care by pediatricians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, pede. Ophthalmologists, orthopedists & more. For support & information see http://www.Hydroassoc.Org/.
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