Neurodevelopment of Children and Teens with Hydrocephalus

By Jay Wellons, M.D. and David Nilsson, Ph.D.

Article first appeared in Pathways, Fall edition 2008

From a developmental perspective, hydrocephalus, as with other forms of neurologic compromise, demonstrates its most prominent disruption to ongoing neurodevelopmental progression of the individual child. As such, many of the developmental consequences of childhood are less obvious, but as the child progresses into adolescence, neurocognitive and neurobehavioral consequences (e.g., emotional disorders, reactive irritability, emotional volatility) become more apparent. Children with neurologic compromise progress adequately with some support through early grade school, but with progression to middle school and the increasing demand for speed and complexity, problems become more apparent in learning. (more…)

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