Hydrocephalus

This information is useful for children and adults
A man with hydrocephalus looks toward the camera.

Our brains usually have a clear, colorless fluid to cushion the brain and spinal cord. However, sometimes that can accumulate around the brain and enlarge the spaces within the brain. This condition is called hydrocephalus, or  “water on the brain,” and can cause neurological problems.

Hydrocephalus affects children and adults and often requires prompt treatment, usually via neurosurgery, to help drain the fluid from the brain.

"Our combined pediatric and adult approach in a single hospital makes Yale Medicine a unique environment for the transitional care of young adults with hydrocephalus, providing continuity for individuals diagnosed as children and who require lifelong treatment," says Yale Medicine neurosurgeon Kristopher Kahle, MD.