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Is hydrocephalus a terminal illness

A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: There are a variety of conditions that can occur with hydrocephalus from severe to not noticeable at all. Depending on the type and severity, a surgic... Read More
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
No: Hydrocephalus is a manageable problem that is treated with a surgical procedure where a shunt is placed. If left untreated, it can be life threateni... Read More

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A 75-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes & no: If there are no physical signs of increased brain pressure (found on exam), this is likely a form of hydrocephalus called "hydrocephalus ex vacuo". In... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edison McDaniels
Specializes in Neurosurgery
CSF buildup in head: It's a buildup of spinal fluid in the head. Read the free monograph, Hydrocephalus: An Owner's Manual, at http://surgeonwriter.com/hydrolog/ It's FRE... Read More
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a situation where there is too much water in the brain. Spinal fluid normally circulates around and within in the brain. If the amoun... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 30 years experience
No.: There is no correlation between hydrocephalus and diarrhea.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Nyman
Radiology 38 years experience
Shunt placement: True symptomatic hydrocephalus is treated by draining the ventricles through a small tube. A neurosurgeon preforms this by making a small hole in the... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edison McDaniels
Specializes in Neurosurgery
It's not subtle: Hydrocephalus causes headaches, vision problems, sleepiness, etc. Note: most headaches are NOT hydrocephalus. Read the free monograph, Hydrocephal... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
It depends: It depends whether it was treated with a shunt at birth, and if it was assciated with other congenital abnormalities like spins bifida these patients... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Depends on age: In infants, hydrocephalus may be suspected with a rapid increasse in head size; in older childre, personality changes, headaches, and other symptoms m... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Jacobs
Neurology 32 years experience
Which type?: Acute high pressure hydrocephalus can bring headache, vomiting, nausea, papilledema (retinal swelling), sleepiness or coma (unarousable unresponsivene... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
No: Hydrochephalus, the obstruction of cerebral spinal fluid can be due to physical obstruction of CSF pathways, blockage of the absorption structures tha... Read More

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