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What are the symptoms of hydrocephalus?


The symptoms of hydrocephalus are in part dependant on the age of the patient. In the young child and baby the child’s head may enlarge much more so than the face. The child may be irritable and have poor head control. The soft spot (fontanelle) in the front of the child’s head may be full and bulging. The veins of the scalp may be engorged. Some children develop the sun-setting sign, a condition where their eyes tend to be looking downwards.
Older children and adults may develop a headache, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision and some can become drowsy and even go into a coma.