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Preventing Congenital Hydrocephalus in Mexico

by Fundacion de Neurociencias
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Preventing Congenital Hydrocephalus in Mexico
Preventing Congenital Hydrocephalus in Mexico
Preventing Congenital Hydrocephalus in Mexico
Preventing Congenital Hydrocephalus in Mexico
Preventing Congenital Hydrocephalus in Mexico


Congenital hydrocephalus is a buildup of excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain at birth. The extra fluid can increase pressure in the baby's brain, causing brain damag. Congenital hydrocephalus can be diagnosed before birth through routine ultrasound. Congenital hydrocephalus is the main cause of disability in the world, according to WHO. Mexico has one of the highest rates of congenital hydrocephalus in the world. With this project we aim to prevent congenital hydrocephalus in Mexico

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Congenital hydrocephalus is when a child is born with an excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. CSF is a clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. This excess fluid causes an abnormal widening of spaces in the brain called ventricles (ventriculomegalia) and can create a harmful pressure on brain tissue. According to WHO, congenital hydrocephalus is one of the main causes of child disability in the world.


In many cases, congenital hydrocephalus can be prevented. On one side, vaccination of future mothers is a basic measure to prevent congenital hydrocephalus caused by infectious diseases. On the other hand, early diagnosis for early treatment can avoid further progression of hydrocephalus and secondary disability.

Long-Term Impact

Contribute to decrease child disability in Mexico. Decrease suffering in patients and families in Mexico.



Organization Information

Fundacion de Neurociencias

Location: Oviedo - Spain
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Twitter: @fneurociencias
Project Leader:
Carmen Lopez
Oviedo, Spain

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