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Can A Child With Hydrocephalus Lead A Normal Life
Yes: A child with hydrocephalus can lead a very normal life. I presume you are asking whether or not the shunt will affect the ability to have a normal life. Patients with shunts can and do live very normal and full and productive lives. There certainly are some precautions they need to take such as being aware of the signs of shunt dysfunction. Also, there may be some limitations to avoid head injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally yes: But it depends on the nature of the disorder and the effect on reproduction. Some people with a sex chromosome disorder can have problems with fertility due to their condition, and this affections biologic reproduction. However, these conditions do not prevent people from establishing families through adoption or other methods. ...Read more
Possible: This really depends on many factors, such as how old the child is, which areas of the brain will be removed and why, what other treatments might be indicated, and if the child is right or left handed. The main thing to remember is that children's brains are very "plastic", meaning more able to adapt than adult brains. Thus, a child will likely recover better than an adult. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The answer really: depends on why the patient has the feeding tube. Obviously, this treatment is only used when there are significant health problems that impair normal swallowing and eating. A person who has had a stroke might survive several years; a person with dementia has a poorer prognosis. Adequate nutrition can be supplied via a feeding tube and if no other issues, the patient could survive a long time. ...Read more
See below: As long as the shunt is functioning, there should not be a problem. ...Read more
Possibly: This is one of those things you will never get a straight answer to, unless the trauma was severe enough to have caused brain damage. Even then, it is more likely than not that the seizures are not related to the trauma. I would consult a good epileptologist (neurologist specializing in seizures). Sometimes the seizure focus can be found and resected. ...Read more
Yes if it is a : Typical teenage related onset one known as idiopathic scoliosis at your age there is very small chance of progression unless it is in lower back or lumbar spine. If there, then a higher risk of low back pain with age & with degenerative changes with age, & with possible loss of bone density then a further risk of progression after middle age. Speak to your orthopedist about ways to minimize risk. ...Read more
Absolutely!: Mctd is the most benign of the connective tissue diseases. Most of my patients have little or no sx once the medications have time to work. You should be on hydroxychloroquine, most commonly 200mg bid. I do not see seriously ill mctd patients. Do not let a diagnosis frighten you! this a common issue in rheumatology: over-diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How likely is it that a baby with meconium aspiration will develop mental problems, cp, etc. In later life?
Depends: Meconium aspiration is caused because the baby was stressed prior to delivery. This can mean the baby suffered moderate to severe hypoxia and may need hypothermia therapy to help deter cp. If the baby did not have hypoxia prior to or during delivery, then CP developing is unlikely. ...Read more
Same as others: Children in general are prone to recurrent viral infections, regardless of their cardiac status. If otherwise healthy and not recently post-op, common causes of fever should be considered. Fevers that develop while hospitalized for cardiac conditions are far more concerning and different than those found in the general population. ...Read more
Depends: There are some metabolic disorders that you are born with,some that may only become evident after exposure to certain medications. There are some "metabolic disorders" that develop later in life due to lifestyle and or illnesses that are acquired later in life.The term "metabolic disorder" is not very specific.If you have a specific condition in mind, you should provide more basic information. ...Read more
If a person with a severe mental disorder raises a child, can that child develop that specific disorde, toor?
Possibly but...: It depends on the mental disorder and how it effects the caregiver and the child. Also, the genetic heritability of many mental disorders predispose the child, often to a greater degree than the environment. Still, if for instance, a parent has severe depression, and they are motivated to be compliant with treatment, see a therpaist, take meds if indicated, etc., then they can still be effective. ...Read more
Confusing question: When rubella is experienced as an infection as a kid or adult, it is a relatively mild illness that lasts a few days and usually has few if any long term issues.If experienced in pregnancy, the fetus may abort or experience mild to severe complications. This can include being born deaf ; blind, with injury to other organs. ...Read more
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