Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hydrocephalus Adult Underlying Cause

Usually, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is produced by the brain, circulates around the brain, and is absorbed by the body.

Normal pressure hydrocephalus is caused by the build-up of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) on the inside of the brain. For some reason, the fluid is not absorbed correctly. The fluid places pressure against the brain, causing it to malfunction. The exact cause for poor absorption is unknown.

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Last Updated: Aug 26, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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