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Dr. James Goodrich
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Hydrocephalus (Overview)

An abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal, or "brain fluid," within the brain, which causes increased pressure inside the skull. It can be congenital or acquired.


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Meningocele, pseudomonas and hydrocephalus?

Meningocele, pseudomonas and hydrocephalus?

Unsure: I'm not sure if there's a question here or if you're talking about the three of these together. If so, it would be a very difficult situation to treat. If you have a specific question, please re-send. ...Read more

Dr. James Goodrich
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Hydrocephalus (Overview)

An abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal, or "brain fluid," within the brain, which causes increased pressure inside the skull. It can be congenital or acquired.


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Does hydrocephalus cause adhd?

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ADHD/Hydrocephalus: No correlation as to cause/effect.

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What causes arnold chiari malformation?

What causes arnold chiari malformation?

No one knows: Chiari described malformations of the cerebellum. Arnold added the defects in the brain associated with spina bifida. This became known as chiari type 2 or arnold chiari. There is kinking of the medulla and fourth ventricle, obstruction of the outlet of the fourth ventricle, peaking of brainstem, fusion of thalamus, as well as hydrocephalus and incomplete closure of spinal cord. ...Read more

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How does hydrocephalus impact the spine and its structure?

How does hydrocephalus impact the spine and its structure?

Independent: Hydrocephalus is just increased brain fluid. However, it can be a result of a defect of drainage at the entry to the spine. Spinal defects can be part of complex defects that can include hydrocephalus - such as spina bifida. ...Read more

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In newborn what is the main symptom of hydrocephalus?

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In newborn what is the main symptom of hydrocephalus?

Usually asymptomatic: Large head or faster than usual growth of head is often the only sign of hydrocephalus noticed in newborn period. ...Read more

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What are meningocele and hydrocephalus?

Birth defects: Meningocele is a form of spina bifida. Hydrocephalus is obstruction of csf. Both can be treated with neurosurgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hydrocephalus in a previously normal adult?

What are the symptoms of hydrocephalus in a previously normal adult?

Variable: Hydrocephalus in a previously normal adult can present with headaches, memory problems, imbalance or visual symptoms. Acute hydrocephalus can cause lethargy and coma if severe and untreated. ...Read more

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What causes a shunt malfunction in hydrocephalic patients?

What causes a shunt malfunction in hydrocephalic patients?

Blockage by material: A shunt may accumulate proteinaceous material on it inner diameter . Slow flow may also cause clotting of the shunt. ...Read more

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What's the arnold chiari malformation?

What's the arnold chiari malformation?

Chiary II.: Chiari ii malformation (cm-ii), also known as arnold-chiari malformation, is a fetal condition characterized by downward displacement of the cerebellar vermis and tonsils, a brainstem malformation with beaked midbrain on neuroimaging, and a spinal myelomeningocele (open spina bifida). ...Read more

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What is pseudotumor cerebri?

What is pseudotumor cerebri?

Pseudotumor cerebri: Pseudotumor cerebri is a condition in which the intracranial pressure is too high which leads to optic nerve damage and vision loss. It is diagnosed by imaging the brain by ct scan or MRI and a spinal tap. ...Read more

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Does vp shunt cause diareha?

Does vp shunt cause diareha?

No: Can't even conceive of a connection here. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with arrested hydrocephalus last year. I had an evt in august. My symptoms have returned. What's going on?

I  was diagnosed with arrested hydrocephalus last year. I had an evt in august. My symptoms have returned. What's going on?

Needs re-evaluation: Evts can close up. If the symptoms return, this should be re-evaluated by your neurosurgeon. Possible considerations include re-doing the evt or placing a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt. Imaging with an MRI scan is helpful in guiding the treatment. ...Read more

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Is cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea curable?

Is cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea curable?

Yes: CSF otorrhea is caused by a defect in the bone surrounding the ear and the temporal bone. It can be cured but will require surgery to seal the leak. It is very important to have this taken care of. The risk of a untreated CSF leak is meningitis. ...Read more

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Doea hydrocephalus cause depresion?

Hydrocephalus: People with normal pressure hydrocephalus can have apathy, which can look like depression. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19996513 this isn't the same illness as major depression, though. ...Read more

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What is arrested hydrocephalus?

What is arrested hydrocephalus?

Arressted Hydro: Arrested hydrocephalus' is said to have occurred when the intracranial pressure returns to normal, despite the ventricles remaining dilated. The CSF absorption appears to have balanced production. In the infant, normal development resumes but any pre-existing damage remains. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hydrocephalus?

CT scan: The tests for hydrocephalus are ct and MRI of the brain. There can also be some variations on the above to test for hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Anyone operated on arnold chiari malformation?

Anyone operated on arnold chiari malformation?

Many times: Chiari type two is arnold chiari. It is associated with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, syrinx, and apnea. Aggressive surgical management is often necessary at birth and during early infancy. The anomaly can not be cured. Release of pressure is the only treatment. ...Read more

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Is pseudotumor cerebri genetic?

Pseudotumor cerebri: There are have some cases described where pseudotumor cerebri seems to run in the family and a genetic/hereditary basis is suspected. However that is the exception and most cases are not inherited. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a condition where too much cerebrospinal fluid collects within the brain. Early symptoms are headaches which are not easily treated with over the counter medications. As the disorder progresses there can by nausea and vomiting. A consultation with a neurologist might be helpful to determine if you have hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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