What is the role of lab studies in the evaluation of hydrocephalus?

Updated: Jun 04, 2018
  • Author: Stephen L Nelson, Jr, MD, PhD, FAACPDM, FAAN, FAAP; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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No specific blood tests are recommended in the workup for hydrocephalus.

Genetic testing and counseling might be recommended when X-linked hydrocephalus is suspected.

Evaluate cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in posthemorrhagic and postmeningitic hydrocephalus for protein concentration and to exclude residual infection.


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