Behavioural problems in children with infantile hydrocephalus

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1991 May;33(5):388-95. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1991.tb14898.x.


The occurrence of behavioural problems in a population-based series of children with infantile hydrocephalus (non-spina bifida) was analysed, using parent questionnaires. Children with both infantile hydrocephalus and mental retardation had significantly more behavioural problems compared with those with no mental retardation and controls. Inattentiveness and hyperactivity were particularly typical. No differences were found between children with infantile hydrocephalus and no mental retardation and the control group.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Brain Damage, Chronic / diagnosis
  • Brain Damage, Chronic / psychology*
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts / psychology*
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hydrocephalus / psychology
  • Hydrocephalus / surgery*
  • Intellectual Disability / diagnosis
  • Intellectual Disability / psychology*
  • Male
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnosis
  • Postoperative Complications / psychology*
  • Risk Factors