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Are shunt operations for adult hydrocephalus patients usually completely successful?

Are shunt operations for adult hydrocephalus patients usually completely successful?

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

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Dr. James Goodrich
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Hydrocephalus (Definition)

A condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid or "brain fluid" within the brain which causes increased pressure inside the skull. It can ...Read more


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How long does it take for an adult to recover from shunt surgery for hydrocephalus?

How long does it take for an adult to recover from shunt surgery for hydrocephalus?

Week: If the shunt is working appropritely then the intial symptoms , ie headache, ataxia, bladder issues will resolve quickly. The obdominal incision whether open or laparoscopic will become increasingly pain free over that same week. ...Read more

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Can I fly if I have hydrocephalus ? I have a VP shunt. I also have vertigo

Yes can fly: All aircrafts are pressurized and do not alter the function of the VP shunt. It is safe for you to fly in a commercial aircraft. ...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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Could an infant fly if he or she has hydrocephalus ?

Could an infant fly if he or she has hydrocephalus ?

Hydrocephalus: There are no contraindications for an infant flying with hydrocephalus as long as the child is medically stable. ...Read more

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What causes hydrocephalus in adults?

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

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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

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What symptoms would an adult with hydrocephalus have? Not talking about normal pressure hydrocephalus.

What symptoms would an adult with hydrocephalus have? Not talking about normal pressure hydrocephalus.

Headache: blurred or double vision, sunsetting of the eyes, problems with balance, poor coordination, gait disturbance, urinary incontinence, slowing or loss of skills, lethargy, drowsiness, irritability, or other changes in personality or cognition including memory loss. ...Read more

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Does hydrocephalus cause dirt to be present on your skin?

Does hydrocephalus cause dirt to be present  on your skin?

No: I'm not sure I understand the question....hydrocephalus is enlargement of the brain ventricles, has nothing to do with dirt on the skin. ...Read more

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How should you know if there is a problem with a hydrocephalus shunt?

Many different thing: Shunt malfunction may cause neurologic symptoms, such as headaches or sometimes seizures. A ct scan will usually show recurrent hydrocephalus in cases of shunt malfunction, but this may take some time to occur. It is important to have old studies for comparison. ...Read more

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How often are there complications during shunt placement for 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

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I have hydrocephalus and I have a cold my whole body feels shooting pains?

I have hydrocephalus and   I have a cold   my whole body feels shooting pains?

No connection: There is no connection between these symptoms. Do you have a VP Shunt or waitng for treatment? Even if you have a shunt there is no connection. The generalized body pains need to be evaluated by your primary care doc ...Read more

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Please What are the symptoms in details for hydrocephalus in 10 months due to IVH grade 2-3. Head is always 95%+ .

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

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Do hydrocephalus cause mild headaches?

Do hydrocephalus cause mild headaches?

Possible: If shunt is present, should usually be asymptomatic, but if shunt is becoming obstructed, please see a neurosurgeon, and get checked out. If no shunt have a followup MRI to be sure of your status. ...Read more

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Does hydrocephalus cause burning during sex?

Does hydrocephalus cause burning during  sex?

No: Vaginal infection or lack of lubrication much more likely to be the cause. ...Read more