Diseases & Conditions


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Hydrocephalus


Synonyms of Hydrocephalus
  • Hydrocephaly
  • Water on the Brain

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Benign Hydrocephalus
  • Communicating Hydrocephalus
  • Internal Hydrocephalus
  • Non-Communicating Hydrocephalus
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Obstructive Hydrocephalus


General Discussion
Hydrocephalus is a condition in which abnormally widened (dilated) cerebral spaces in the brain (ventricles) inhibit the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the skull and puts pressure on the brain tissue. An enlarged head in infants and increased cerebrospinal fluid pressure are frequent findings but are not necessary for the diagnosis of Hydrocephalus. There are several different forms of Hydrocephalus: communicating hydrocephalus, non-communicating hydrocephalus or obstructive hydrocephalus, internal hydrocephalus, normal pressure hydrocephalus, and benign hydrocephalus.



Organizations related to Hydrocephalus
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    5550 Meadowbrook Drive
    Rolling Meadows IL 60008-3852
    Phone #: 847-378-0500
    800 #: 888-566-2267
    e-mail: info@aans.org
    Home page: http://www.NeurosurgeryToday.org
  • Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
    ASBAH House
    Peterborough None PE1 2UQ
    Phone #: --
    800 #: --
    e-mail: postmaster@asbah.org
    Home page: http://www.asbah.org
  • Birth Defect Research for Children
    930 Woodcock Rd
    Orlando FL 32803
    Phone #: 407-895-0802
    800 #: --
    e-mail: staff@birthdefects.org
    Home page: http://www.birthdefects.org
  • Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation (CSF)
    29 Crest Loop
    Staten Island NY 10312
    Phone #: 718--96-6-2593
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: dpoppe@CSFinfo.org
    Home page: http://www.CSFinfo.org
  • Dandy-Walker Alliance, Inc.
    4422 Clearbrook Lane
    Kensington MD 20895
    Phone #: 301-919-2653
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: eric.cole@dandy-walker.org
    Home page: http://www.dandy-walker.org
  • Fetal Hope Foundation
    9786 S Holland Street
    Littelton CO 80127
    Phone #: 303-932-0553
    800 #: 877-789-4673
    e-mail: info@fetalhope.org
    Home page: http://www.fetalhope.org
  • Guardians of Hydrocephalus Research Foundation
    2618 Avenue Z
    Brooklyn NY 11235
    Phone #: 718-743-4473
    800 #: 800-458-8655
    e-mail: GHRF2618@aol.com
    Home page: N/A
  • Hydrocephalus Association
    870 Market Street
    San Francisco CA 94102
    Phone #: 415-732-7040
    800 #: 888-598-3789
    e-mail: pip@hydroassoc.org
    Home page: http://www.hydroassoc.org
  • Hydrocephalus Foundation, Inc.
    910 Rear Broadway
    Saugus MA 01906
    Phone #: 781-942-1161
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: hyfii@netscape.net
    Home page: http://www.hydrocephalus.org
  • Hydrocephalus Support Group, Inc.
    P.O. Box 4236
    Chesterfield MO 63006-4236
    Phone #: 636-532-8228
    800 #: --
    e-mail: hydrodb@earthlink.net
    Home page: N/A
  • International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
    Attn. Els De Clercq
    Brussels None B1000
    Phone #: --
    800 #: --
    e-mail: info@ifglobal.org
    Home page: http://www.ifglobal.org
  • International Hydranencephaly Support Group
    11870 285th Street
    None None V2W 1L9
    Phone #: 604--46-2-8691
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: angelbearmom@shaw.ca
    Home page: http://www.hydranencephaly.com
  • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
    150 Custer Court
    Green Bay WI 54301-1243
    Phone #: 920-336-5333
    800 #: 877-336-5333
    e-mail: mums@netnet.net
    Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
  • March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
    1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
    White Plains NY 10605
    Phone #: 914-428-7100
    800 #: 888-663-4637
    e-mail: Askus@marchofdimes.com
    Home page: http://www.marchofdimes.com
  • National Hydrocephalus Foundation
    12413 Centralia
    Lakewood CA 90715-1623
    Phone #: 562-924-6666
    800 #: 888-857-3434
    e-mail: nhf@earthlink.net
    Home page: http://www.nhfonline.org
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    31 Center Drive
    Bethesda MD 20892-2540
    Phone #: 301-496-5751
    800 #: 800-352-9424
    e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
    Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
  • Sj?ldne Diagnoser / Rare Disorders Denmark
    Frederiksholms Kanal 2, 3rd Floor
    Copenhagen K None 1220
    Phone #: 45 -33 -14 00 10
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: mail@sjaeldnediagnoser
    Home page: http://www.raredisorders.dk
  • Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Queensland
    PO Box 8022
    Woolloongabba, Queensland None 4120
    Phone #: (07-) 3-844 4600
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: info@sbhqueensland.org.au
    Home page: http://www.spinabifida.org
  • Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario
    55 Richmond St W
    Toronto, Ontario None M5V 3B1
    Phone #: 416--21-4-1056
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: provinivial@sbhao.on.ca
    Home page: http://www.sbhao.on.ca
  • The Arc (a national organization on mental retardation)
    1010 Wayne Ave
    Silver Spring MD 20910
    Phone #: 301-565-3842
    800 #: 800-433-5255
    e-mail: info@thearc.org
    Home page: http://www.thearc.org/



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