Hydrocephalus

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Hydrocephaly
  • Water on the Brain

Disorder Subdivisions

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

Resources

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Tel: (914)997-4488
Fax: (914)997-4763
Tel: (888)663-4637
Email: Askus@marchofdimes.com
Internet: http://www.marchofdimes.com

Arc (a national organization on mental retardation)
1010 Wayne Ave
Suite 650
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: (301)565-3842
Fax: (301)565-3843
Tel: (800)433-5255
TDD: (817)277-0553
Email: info@thearc.org
Internet: http://www.thearc.org/

National Hydrocephalus Foundation
12413 Centralia
Lakewood, CA 90715-1623
USA
Tel: (562)924-6666
Fax: (562)924-6666
Tel: (888)857-3434
Email: nhf@earthlink.net
Internet: http://www.nhfonline.org

Guardians of Hydrocephalus Research Foundation
2618 Avenue Z
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Tel: (718)743-4473
Fax: (718)743-1171
Tel: (800)458-8655
Email: ghrf2618@aol.com
Internet: http://www.ghrforg.org/

Hydrocephalus Association
870 Market Street
Suite 705
San Francisco, CA 94102
USA
Tel: (415)732-7040
Fax: (415)732-7044
Tel: (888)598-3789
Email: pip@hydroassoc.org
Internet: http://www.hydroassoc.org

International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
Cellebroersstraat 16
Brussels, B1000
Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)2 502 0413
Fax: +32 (0)2 502 1129
Email: info@ifglobal.org
Internet: http://www.ifglobal.org

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Tel: (301)496-5751
Fax: (301)402-2186
Tel: (800)352-9424
TDD: (301)468-5981
Email: me20t@nih.gov
Internet: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
ASBAH House
42 Park Road
Peterborough, PE1 2UQ
United Kingdom
Email: postmaster@asbah.org
Internet: http://www.asbah.org

Hydrocephalus Support Group, Inc.
P.O. Box 4236
Chesterfield, MO 63006-4236
USA
Tel: (636)532-8228
Fax: (314)251-5871
Email: hydrodb@earthlink.net

Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc.
800 Celebration Ave, Suite 225
Orlando, FL 34747
USA
Tel: (407)566-8304
Fax: (407)895-0824
Email: staff@birthdefects.org
Internet: http://www.birthdefects.org

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Sjældne Diagnoser / Rare Disorders Denmark
Frederiksholms Kanal 2, 3rd Floor
Copenhagen K, 1220
Denmark
Tel: 45 33 14 00 10
Fax: 45 33 14 55 09
Email: mail@sjaeldnediagnoser
Internet: http://www.raredisorders.dk

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

Hydrocephalus Foundation, Inc.
910 Rear Broadway
Route 1
Saugus, MA 01906
Tel: (781)942-1161
Fax: (781)231-5250
Email: hyfii@netscape.net
Internet: http://www.hydrocephalus.org

Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario
55 Richmond St W
PO Box 103
Ste 1006
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3B1
Canada
Tel: 416-214-1056
Fax: 416-2141446
Email: provinivial@sbhao.on.ca
Internet: http://www.sbhao.on.ca

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Queensland
PO Box 8022
Woolloongabba, Queensland, 4120
Australia
Tel: (07) 3844 4600
Fax: (07) 3844 4601
Email: info@sbhqueensland.org.au
Internet: http://www.spinabifida.org

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
5550 Meadowbrook Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-3852
Tel: (847)378-0500
Fax: (847)378-0600
Tel: (888)566-2267
Email: info@aans.org
Internet: http://www.NeurosurgeryToday.org and http://www.aans.org

Dandy-Walker Alliance, Inc.
10325 Kensington Pkwy
Suite 384
Kensington, MD 20895
Tel: (877)326-3992
Email: comments@dandy-walker.org
Internet: http://www.dandy-walker.org

International Hydranencephaly Support Group
11634 203rd Street
Maple Ridge
British Columbia
V2X 4T9
Canada
Tel: 604-459-8691
Email: angelbearmom@shaw.ca
Internet: http://www.hydranencephaly.com

Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation (CSF)
29 Crest Loop
Staten Island, NY 10312
Tel: 718-966-2593
Fax: 718-966-2593
Email: dpoppe@CSFinfo.org
Internet: http://www.CSFinfo.org

Fetal Hope Foundation
9786 S Holland Street
Littleton, CO 80127
USA
Tel: (303)932-0553
Tel: (877)789-4673
Email: info@fetalhope.org
Internet: http://www.fetalhope.org

For a Complete Report

For a Complete Report

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. ® (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be obtained for a small fee by visiting the NORD website. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational treatments (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, see http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdblist.html

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