Acquired Hydrocephalus
Signs and Symptoms

Acquired hydrocephalus is caused by injuries or conditions that develop after birth, such as a hemorrhage, meningitis, head trauma, tumors and cysts.

Symptoms in older children may include:

  • Awkward gait
  • Balance problems
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Downward deviation of the eyes
  • Drowsiness or lethargy
  • Headache
  • Incontinence
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Other changes in personality and cognition or thought process
  • Papilledema or the swelling of the optic disk, which is part of the optic nerve
  • Poor coordination
  • Slowed development

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
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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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