Pediatric Hydrocephalus Program
Watch neurosurgeon Benjamin Warf explain his new treatment for pediatric hydrocephalus.
Sixty years ago, Boston Children's Hospital became the first hospital in the world to treat children with hydrocephalus by rerouting excess fluid from the brain into another body cavity (in a process known as shunting). In the years since, physicians in Boston Children's Hydrocephalus Program have:
designed and tested the next generation of shunting devices, including the externally programmable shunt
helped refine the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques—like the landmark endoscopic third ventriculostomy procedure—to more effectively treat hydrocephalus while minimizing stress and shortening the aftercare process for patients
- taught the promising endoscopic third ventriculostomy technique and other less invasive, potentially life-saving treatments to pediatric neurosurgeons around the world
New approach to pediatric hydrocephalus treatment
A new approach to brain surgery for hydrocephalus offers an alternative to the standard treatment of installing a shunt. Learn how Boston Children's neurosurgeon Benjamin Warf, MD, is working to change the delivery of care for children with hydrocephalus.
About pediatric hydrocephalus
- Approximately one in 500 infants are born with hydrocephalus or acquire it shortly after birth.
- The condition can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired later in life.
- It can result from congenital defects, injury, infection or tumors.
- Pressure in the skull can lead to headaches, irritability, vomiting, loss of motor function and seizures.
- In young children, the sutures between the skull have not yet fused. Increased pressure can cause a rapid increase in head size or bulging.