What is the mechanism of action for medications used in the treatment 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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Medications affect CSF dynamics by the following mechanisms:

  • Decreasing CSF secretion by the choroid plexus - Acetazolamide and furosemide

  • Increasing CSF reabsorption - Isosorbide (effectiveness is questionable)


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