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Anemic pseudohydrocephalus, hydrocephaloid affection, spurious hydrocephalus.
Old eponym used to indicate a pseudohydrocephalic condition resulting from severe exhaustion or cachexie. It is associated with anemia in children with symptoms simulating those seen in hydrocephalus.


Marshall Hall:
•  An Essay on a Hydrocephaloid Affection of Infants Arising from Exhaustion.
    London, Sherwood, 1836.

Sergio I. Magalini, Sabina C. Magalini, Giovanni de Francisi:
•  Dictionary of Medical Syndromes. J. B. Lippincott Company,
   Philadelphia. 1990.

Stanley Jablonski:
•  Jablonski’s Dictionary of Syndromes & Eponymic diseases.
   Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida, 1991.

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