Hydrocephalus, Hydrocephalus Association, Fluid on the brainOn September 13, 2014, the second annual Greater Charlotte Hydrocephalus Association Walk will take place to raise money, help find a cure and bring greater awareness to those suffering fron hydrocephalus. What is hydrocephalus? It is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within cavities in the brain called ventricles. The word comes from the Greek words “hydro” meaning water and “cephalus” meaning head.

Here are a few interesting statistics from the Hydrocephalus Association:

  • Over 1,000,000 people in the United States currently live with hydrocephalus.
  • For every 1,000 babies born in this country, one to two will have hydrocephalus.
  • Hydrocephalus is the most common reason for brain surgery in children.
  • It is estimated that more than 700,000 Americans have NPH, but less than 20% receive an appropriate diagnosis.

Hydrocephalus occurs when there is an imbalance between the amount of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that is produced and the rate at which it is absorbed. As the CSF builds up, it causes the ventricles to enlarge and the pressure inside the head to increase.

The walk will take place at the following location:
Elizabeth Park
101 North Kings Drive
Charlotte, NC

You can register online at www.hawalk.kintera.org/charlotte.

Unfortunately, there is little known about hydrocephalus and effective treatment, outside of surgery. To learn more about this condition and how you can get involved, please visit www.hydroassoc.org.

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