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Could u please explain the complications of burr hole evacuation... Whether there is any relation with neck stability in children..?

Could u please explain the complications of burr hole evacuation... Whether there is any relation with neck stability in children..?

Unrelated: A burr hole is a hole drilled through the bone of the skull. This will allow the neurosurgeon to insert needles or catheters or fiber optic instruments in order to take out or evacuate something abnormal. The hole left will be able to be felt even when all else has healed. There is no association that i know of with neck stability problems. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about my burr hole surgery?

Can you tell me more about my burr hole surgery?

Burr hole surgery: Bur hole surgery just refers to the bone opening in the skull to perform the surgery. If you have more details on the surgery i will see what additional help i can add. ...Read more

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Why does my burr hole still ache a year later?

Why does my burr hole still ache a year later?

Burr hole: In most cases a bur hole trephination does not cause any pain after the incision has healed. You might want to have your surgeon review the site and make sure there is no underlying issues such as infection. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be traveling after a burr hole and craniotomy?

Is it safe to be traveling after a burr hole and craniotomy?

Depends: If everything is healed up and there have been no neurological sequelae, it should be fine. If the neurological status has returned to normal and there are no problems with wound healing and there are no problems with seizures, it is not uncommon for people to travel. Obviously, they should travel with friends/family who are available to help.Probably shouldn't drive until released by neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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I fell and hit my head on cement and ended up with a subdural heamatoma i had to have burr hole surgery to fix itis it likely to return been over a yr?

I fell and hit my head on cement and ended up with a subdural heamatoma i had to have burr hole surgery to fix itis it likely to return been over a yr?

Unlikely : In a young person who is otherwise healthy and who is not on anticoagulants, it is unlikely for the subdural hematoma to return. If it has been over a year and there have not been any new symptoms (headache, nausea/vomiting, weakness) and if the post-operative scan does not have residual, it is very unlikely. However, if there are future head injuries, you are at the same risk as anyone else. ...Read more

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Could the periodic aching in my burr hole a year after the surgery be weather-related?

No: Many people note some tenderness over burr hole sites. The reason for this is unclear in most cases and is generally not serious. However you should always ask you surgeon to evaluate you if issues like this arise to make sure it is nothing serious. ...Read more

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I have burr hole : subdural hematoma can anyone help , what to do?

I have burr hole : subdural hematoma can anyone help , what to do?

Subdural hematoma: I assume you have the bur hole as the subdural hematoma was treated? If your follow up CT scan was negative for hematoma then you are cleared. If there is still a hematoma causing pressure on the brain then you need to speak to the neurosurgeon that did the procedure about further treatment. ...Read more

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What are the different routes taken in inserting a vp shunt? Does the tip of catheter go in through the "u" scar or at another entrance (burr hole)?

What are the different routes taken in inserting a vp shunt? Does the tip of catheter go in through the "u" scar or at another entrance (burr hole)?

Depends: The largest scar, such as u-shape one is where the surgeon inserts the shunt valve under the scalp. If the valve is designed to accept the ventricle tube (reaching into the water chamber) at the bottom side of it, the same incision has everything under it. If the valve has in-line shape, the ventricle tube might travel to different site over the skull then enter brain through a burr hole. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience anxiety after having a subdural heamatoma?I had burr hole surgery to fix it and my ears ring a lot now is this normal?

Is it normal to experience anxiety after having a subdural heamatoma?I had burr hole surgery to fix it and my ears ring a lot now is this normal?

Effects may vary: A subdural hematoma is a serious issue. So anxiety, depression, and other cognitive effects can develop both as a result of the original injury that caused the sdh and/or the resulting surgery. If you haven't seen a doctor about these symptoms, i'd recommend doing so and soon. Sdh and post-treatment is not a small matter. ...Read more

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