Sunday, April 21, 2013

Roona Begum: The 'water on the brain' baby

Here is Roona Begum, a baby born in a poor rural community in India. Her condition is called hydrocephalus. Ordinarily, many refer to this as 'water on the brain' According to Medilexicon's medical dictionary: hydrocephalus is "A condition marked by an excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid resulting in dilation of the cerebral ventricles and raised intracranial pressure; may also result in enlargement of the cranium and atrophy of the brain."
"The outlook for a patient with hydrocephalus depends mainly on how quickly the condition is diagnosed and treated, and whether there are any underlying disorders. Treatment for hydrocephalus often involves using a shunt - a thin tube that is implanted in the brain to drain away excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)," writes
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