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Are there medications available for hydrocephalus?

Are there medications available for hydrocephalus?

Shunt: It is usually treated with a surgery the shunts fluid out of the brain usually into the abdomen. ...Read more

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Dr. James Goodrich
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Hydrocephalus (Definition)

Hydrocephalus is a medical condition in which there is swelling of the brain and fluid build up in the skull. Symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, altered ...Read more


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What's are the difference between the three available programmable shunts commonly used to treat hydrocephalus?

Several Differences: Several differences exist. One the number of pressure settings, available to program, another is the ability to tolerate exposure to mri. Finally, the ability to 'virtually shut the device off' by using a high pressure setting is another feature present that may or may not be present in a given device. Disclosure: i work for one of the companies that make these devices. ...Read more

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Is there any medication or something else for my son with hydrocephalus that will be able to help him walk in the future?

Is there any medication or something else for my son with hydrocephalus that will be able to help him walk in the future?

Therapy: The best treatments are aimed at reducing increased pressure on the brain. When that is achieved (with a shunt generally), your son will need therapy to help him with his motor skills, and other functions. Many children do improve in this way. For all parents with special needs, pay attention to what your son does accomplish rather than focusing on what he isn't able to do. ...Read more

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Has any medication been proven more effective as treatment for normal pressure hydrocephalus?

NPH Drug Treatment: No definitive evidence exists that medication can successfully treat nph. Parkinson drugs have been reported to be of benefit in anecdotal reports, these patients with nph may represent misdiagnosed cases of parkinsonism. In patients who are poor candidates for shunt surgery, repeated lumbar punctures in combination with diuretics may be considered. ...Read more

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Whether levofloxacin shud b used wid hzre for TB meningitis patients and for hw long? For chronic lacunar infarcts and hydrocephalus furosimide could be given or some other drug. Want a second opinion

A mix up: You threw a lot of things in the same pot, so I am not sure i quite understand all what you said. First, Levofloxacin is not used as a first or second line medication in the us for the treatment of tb. Lacunar infarcts are not normally treated with furosemide. Furosemide may potentially be used for hydrocephalus but that's not the treatment for that. It may be used symptomatically at times. ...Read more

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My mother's MRI reveals that she has diffuse cerebral atrophy with mild hydrocephalus.Is there any treatment and medication to cure it?

My mother's MRI reveals that she has diffuse cerebral atrophy with mild hydrocephalus.Is there any treatment and medication to cure it?

Further work up.: Cerebral atrophy occurs as part of the normal aging process and there is no treatment for this MRI finding. As part of aging, the ventricles may enlarge. However, hydrocephalus is not a normal radiographic finding. A consultation with a neurologist to determine if your mother has any symptoms of normal pressure hydrocephalus would be a reasonable next step. ...Read more

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I'm going to have shunt surgery for hydrocephalus and i'm scared?

Fairly routine: For an experienced and seasoned neurosurgeon, placement of a shunt to reduce pressure secondary to hydrocephalus is usually a safe and routine procedure, unlikely to be associated with complications. However, due to your fears, have a complete pre-operative meeting with the surgical team, and get all your questions and concerns addressed. ...Read more

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I have hydrocephalus but i'm allways feeling dizzy?

I have hydrocephalus but i'm allways feeling dizzy?

Dizziness: Hydrocephalus can cause dizziness or the medications you take for it can make one feel dizzy. You should have a neurologist or neurosurgeon follow you for the symptoms and worsening dizziness could be indicative of elevated intracranial pressure. ...Read more