Tumors in the brain sometimes block the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and cause fluid to build up (hydrocephalus). It is dangerous if not treated because it can increase pressure in the brain.
Your child’s team will check for signs of hydrocephalus and increased pressure in the brain. These problems can happen during infancy or as your child grows.
Your child may need a tube inserted to drain away extra fluid. The fluid drains into another part of the body, where it can be absorbed.
At regular checkups, we ask about warning signs of increased pressure, such as headaches, vomiting or problems with eyesight. If there are concerns, your child may have imaging studies or a special eye exam to check for swelling at the back of the eye.
See how we care for children with hydrocephalus.