Symptoms of hydrocephalus include headache, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, excessive sleepiness, eyes “sun setting”, and seizures.
There are 180 different disorders that lead to hydrocephalus. If left untreated, the condition can be deadly.
Hydrocephalus affects people in any age group from newborns to the elderly.
In the last 50 years there has been no significant improvement of treatment or progress toward a cure.
The only effective treatment is surgical.
There are over 40,000 shunt surgeries every year– That’s about one every 15 minutes.
Shunts have a 50% failure rate within two years of being surgically implanted.
Approximately 1 in 500 babies are born with hydrocephalus.
The most common reason for brain surgery in children