Acquired Hydrocephalus
Diagnosis

During your visit to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, our doctors and other staff members will thoroughly evaluate your child. We will ask you about your child's medical history as well as the medical history of your immediate family.

If your pediatrician has sent us your child's medical records, we will review this information as well. Be sure to tell your child's doctors about medications your child is currently using, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal remedies.

Hydrocephalus is assessed by measuring its effect on the brain. If cerebrospinal fluid builds up, it frequently leads to enlarged cavities visible on diagnostic scans of the head.

Your child's evaluation will include imaging tests such as:

To determine the best treatment, it's sometimes necessary to measure pressure within your child's skull. This measurement is made by placing a small monitor beneath the skull during a short surgical procedure.

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Related Information

UCSF Clinics & Centers

Pediatric Brain Center

Child and Adolescent Neurology Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5A
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-7596
Fax: (415) 353-2400
Appointment information

Neurosurgery Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5A
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-7500
Fax: (415) 353-2889
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Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery (NICN)
1975 Fourth St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-1565
Fax: (415) 353-1202

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