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Hydrocephaly is one of the most debilitating neurological disorders. Given its prevalence, in order to treat it, it is key to understand whether it is a congenital disorder (birth defect) or the result of physical trauma. Multiple genetic disorders, and in some cases physical trauma can induce hydrocephaly. Severe forms, if left untreated, can lead to childhood death while individuals with non-severe hydrocephaly can live for years without treatment. Observing hydrocephaly’s impact on past populations can provide data that can eventually lead to advancements in its treatment. This study is based on cranial measurement analysis and literature review.

Hydrocephaly affects one in every 10,000 individual. Looking at how individuals in the past survived with this disorder without treatment can lead to breakthroughs regarding the treatment of this disease.

This study focuses on the most likely cause of Cranium 10s deformation.

Presentation Date

Summer 2019

Faculty Advisor

Tiffany Rawlings�


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