Hydrocephalus

This information is useful for children and adults
Hydrocephalus
Why Yale Medicine?
  • We provide lifelong treatment for patients with hydrocephalus.
  • We use cutting-edge technologies to treat and diagnose hydrocephalus.
  • Our specialists treat more cases of normal pressure hydrocephalus than any other medical practice or institution in Connecticut.

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," said Dr. Kristopher Kahle, Director of Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery at Yale Medicine.