the physical exam

During a physical exam, healthcare professionals will look for different things depending on the age of the person who is suspected of having hydrocephalus.

  • PREMATURE INFANTS
    check the head for swelling, and check overall muscle tone
  • FULL-TERM INFANT
    check the head for swelling, and also check the eyes and reflexes.
  • CHILDREN
    check to see whether the child is reaching developmental goals including:
    • Physical milestones such as smiling, crawling, walking, and rolling over.
    • Mental milestones such as speaking, school performance, memory, and personality changes.
    • Check eyes, balance, reflexes, and coordination.
  • ADULTS
    check ability to perform expected functions such as speaking, walking, and memory; as well as for personality changes, eyes, balance, reflexes, and coordination.

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Did You Know?

Hydrocephalus is a combination of the Greek word “hydro” which means water and “cephalus” which means head.