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Adult Onset Hydrocephalus And Flying In An Airplane
Depends on Diagnosis: There are several types of hydrocephalus in adults. Shunting is typically most successful in patients with acquired hydrocephalus (e.g., hydrocephalus from a brain tumor, bleed, etc) and much less successful in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus. You will need to further discuss this subject with your neurosurgeon ...Read more
I was diagnosed with hydrocephalus 2 weeks ago and am awaiting mr dr's return from vacation. Is it safe for me to fly commercially on a 6 hr flight?
Depends: Likely they suspect NPH? Would then say OK, headaches, nausea or vomiting - go to the ER. ...Read more
Hydrocephalus: It is blockage of the flow of fluid in the brain. Meningitis, tumor, traumatic head injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, cranial surgery, or medications have been implicated. In children it can be due to premature birth or genetic defects - that blocks flow (aqueductal stenosis). Apparently, often the cause is not determined. With early treatment "many lead normal lives with few limitations.". ...Read more
I have normal pressure hydrocephalus, had surgery back in November of 2015 I do not have a shunt I wanted to know if it was safe for me to fly?
Confirm therapy: How was the diagnosis of NPH confirmed, particularly if no shunt was put in place? It would be best to understand the workup and treatment; while there haven't been specific recommendations made about normal pressure hydrocephalus and flying (commercial airlines use a peak altitude pressurized to 8000 feet) need more details; discussion with your neurosurgeon/neurologist would be important. ...Read more
Age 27 yrs with hydrocephalus had III ventriculostomy 17 yrs ago and then had a programmable shunt 8 yrs ago, decompression surgery 5 yrs. Ok to fly?
Probably: If you are not having headaches or other signs of shunt malfunction, you should not have any problems flying. ...Read more
What symptoms would an adult with hydrocephalus have? Not talking about normal pressure hydrocephalus.
Not often: Shunt placement procedure is usually safe. Malplacement, small amount of bleeding could rarely occur. It's important to note that 50% of shunts will fail in the first 2 years and will need to be revised. ...Read more
Please What are the symptoms in details for hydrocephalus in 10 months due to IVH grade 2-3. Head is always 95%+.
Hydrocephalus: The signs and symptoms of hydrocephalus in a child in the first year of life is a failure to meet developmental milestones (sitting up, crawling, rolling over, or pulling up to a standing position) and head growth that is increasing faster than the normal percentile curve. 95% is ok if the head-size is consistently that percentile at 3-6-9-12 months. Discuss with a neurosurgeon. ...Read more
NPH: Though the classic triad includes cognitive deficits, urinary incontinence, and gait problems, many patients do not present with all 3. Because other conditions can cause similar problems, most neurosurgeons perform additional testing prior to offering ventriculoperitoneal shunting, which is the conventional treatment of choice. ...Read more
NPH: Normal pressure hydrocephalus (nph) affects nearly 500, 000 people in the U.S. As its name implies, the pressure the brain "feels" is normal. Ct scans or MRI scans show dilation of the cerebral ventricles. The classic symptoms are memory problems, trouble with walking, and urinary incontinence and frequency. This typically affects patients> 55years in age. It is very treatable with a vp shunt. ...Read more
A tube is placed: The shunt for hydrocephalus simply takes fluid from an area of the brain where too much has accumulated and allows it to drain easily into another part of the body, usually the tissues inside the abdomen. To place it, the surgeon puts and anchors one end of a valved tube in the fluid area of the brain and the other in the abdomen. ...Read more
Hydrocephalus is a neurologic condition that refers to a collection of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that accumulates in the cavities (ventricles) in the brain.
It can cause weight loss if it is associated with the known symptoms of nausea with or without vomiting. Also having headaches and being fatigues tend to diminish ones caloric intake which can affect weight. I hope this helps. ...Read more