Increased pressure on the brain from fluid buildup is a serious complication; signs of this include changes in head measurement, activity, vision, breathing, pupils' response to light, or decrease in urine.
The most common long-lasting complication is hearing impairment. Recent studies suggest that children over six weeks of age who received dex-amethasone immediately had less hearing loss than those who did not receive the steroid.
Other, less common complications include blindness, hydrocephalus, arthritis, seizures, and permanent developmental delays.
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