Adult-onset Hydrocephalus The term hydrocephalus is derived from two words: "hydro," meaning water, and "cephalus," referring to the head. Hydrocephalus is a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up within the ventricles (fluid-containing cavities) of the brain and may increase pressure within the head. Apr 23, · Benjamin D. Elder, M.D., Ph.D., a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, discusses adult-onset hydrocephalus, including idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.
Hydrocephalus happens most often in infants or in adults older than 60, but you can have it at any age. It can’t be cured, but with early diagnosis and treatment, people can live active lives.