What is Hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus is a build up of too much cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.  The excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid results in an abnormal widening of the spaces in the brain called the ventricles. This widening creates potentially harmful pressure on the tissues of the brain.  The most obvious indication in children is often a rapid increase in head circumference.  Hydrocephalus is most often treated surgically with the insertion of a shunt.  

Hydrocephalus can pose risks to an individual's cognitive and physical development.  

Hydrocephalus affects approximately 1 in every 500 children.

The Different Types of Hydrocephalus

  • Congenital - present at birth.
  • Acquired - develops after birth.
  • Normal pressure - usually only develops in older individuals.

How Can Brainwave Help?

At Brainwave we see children with congenital and acquired hydrocephalus.  As the therapists at our three centres see children from all over the country, and overseas, they have the knowledge and experience to help you and your child.

  • Our qualified therapists have the time to explain your child's condition and their presenting problems.
  • We have the time to fully assess your child through play and work around your daily routine.
  • Your child's assessment and therapy programme shall be tailored to their individual needs and your daily routine as a family.
  • We are your advocate and are always here for support and ongoing care.
  • We provide in depth therapy reports that can be sent to your NHS or private medical professionals, as we believe that working together maximises your child's outcomes and quality of care.

    To find out more about how we can help your child please click here to contact us.