Enlarged Brain Ventricles?

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Enlarged brain ventricles found on a CT Scan or MRI are a diagnostic for hydrocephalus, a condition that can affect unborn babies, as well as children and adults when fluid builds up in the skull causing the brain to swell.

For infants and children, signs of hydrocephalus include abnormal head enlargement, bulging fontanels, prominent scalp veins, vomiting, sleepiness, headache, nausea and downward deviation of the eyes.

Symptoms for adults include difficulty waking, cognitive issues, chronic headaches and incontinence.

In unborn babies, hydrocephalus can be caused by birth defects, genetic defects or infections during pregnancy such as rubella. In children it can be caused by meningitis, trauma or tumors.

Quick treatment of hydrocephalus is extremely important, seek medical assistance immediately if you suspect you or someone you know may have symptoms of hydrocephalus.
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