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Hydrocephalus: the latest options for treatment

Pediatric Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is one of the most common birth defects. It affects one in 500 children and is the No. 1 reason children undergo brain surgery. Also called “water on the brain,” hydrocephalus occurs when an abnormal amount of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) accumulates in the brain. It can occur at any stage of life but most commonly affects a fetus, baby or young child.

While there is no way of preventing hydrocephalus, many individuals experience positive outcomes with the appropriate treatment. With the significant expansion in treatment options for the management of hydrocephalus in recent years, it is imperative to understand the implications and differences between each option as you make important decisions for the care of your loved one.

Click here to view a recording of an online discussion with expert David Sandberg, M.D., to learn about new treatment options for hydrocephalus and the pediatric neurosurgery program at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.


  • Overview of hydrocephalus
  • Management of hydrocephalus
  • New treatment options, including endoscopic and minimally invasive options
  • Shunting and complications

About the Host

Dr. David Sandberg

David I. Sandberg, M.D., F.A.A.N.S., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.

  • Fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeon and director of pediatric neurosurgery, Mischer Neuroscience Institute/Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Neurosurgery/Pediatric Surgery, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Extensive research and specialization in minimally invasive endoscopic approaches to pediatric brain tumors, hydrocephalus, congenital spinal anomalies, vascular malformations, spasticity, and craniofacial disorders in children
  • Author of seven book chapters, 40 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 national and international meeting presentations; serves as a reviewer for eight major pediatric and neurology journals
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics, member of the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery and diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery