Hydrocephalus. Risk factors Home › Forums › Pain Diseases and Disorders A-Z › Hydrocephalus › Hydrocephalus. Risk factors Tagged: abnormal development of the central nervous system, bacterial meningitis, bleeding within the ventricles, central nervous system infections, hydrocephalus, hydrocephalus risk factors, infection in the uterus during a pregnancy, lesions of the brain, lesions of the spinal cord, mumps, rubella, syphilis, tumors of the brain, tumors of the spinal cord This topic contains 0 replies, has 1 voice, and was last updated by Gary MacKenzie 1 month ago. Viewing 1 post (of 1 total) Author Posts April 23, 2017 at 3:56 pm #25104 Gary MacKenzieKeymaster Hydrocephalus. Risk factors By Mayo Clinic Staff Image source: Spina Bifida Texas In many cases, the exact event leading to hydrocephalus is unknown. However, a number of developmental or medical problems can contribute to or trigger hydrocephalus. Newborns Hydrocephalus present at birth (congenital) or shortly after birth may occur because of any of the following: Abnormal development of the central nervous system that can obstruct the flow of cerebral spinal fluid Bleeding within the ventricles, a possible complication of premature birth Infection in the uterus during a pregnancy, such as rubella or syphilis, that can cause inflammation in fetal brain tissues Other contributing factors Other factors that can contribute to hydrocephalus among any age group include: Lesions or tumors of the brain or spinal cord Central nervous system infections, such as bacterial meningitis or mumps Bleeding in the brain from stroke or head injury Other traumatic injury to the brain http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hydrocephalus/basics/risk-factors/con-20030706 Author Posts Viewing 1 post (of 1 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.