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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 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 more
Are needed regular neurological controls at inborn hydrocephalus if inever had problems with this and I lead normal life like otherwise health one?
Hydrocephalus: Check with a neurologist on a yearly basis if you are stable, otherwise more frequently if you are getting headaches. ...Read more
I have 6 month baby whoes suffering from hydrocephalus . After shunt treatment there is shunt infection occured now my baby can spend a normal life?
Is it normal for a baby to have hydrocephalus but the fluid is not constant? And the fluid fill parts of the brain that didn't develop?
Depends: The term hydrocephalus is generally used to describe any condition producing an excess of fluid within the brain. The more common form is due to a blockage of the spinal fluid plumbing system with a buildup of pressure that can expand the infant skull. Another cause is the loss of brain substance due to injury (stroke, infection) & fluid fills is the empty space under little or no pressure. ...Read more
Depends: In the fetus, it is frequently diagnosed with ultrasound. In infants, before the fontanels (soft spots) close, ultrasound will also detect it. In the older child, MRI or ct will show hydrocephalus if suspected by signs and symptoms. The exam of the back of the eye can suggest increased pressure in the head a raise the possibility of hydrocephalus. ...Read more
Possible: It is possible for the hydrocephaly to slowly resolve and not re-occur. It certainly depends on what caused the hydrocephaly in the first place. It is more common to slowly resolve if it was caused by a blled in the brain when the baby was premature. Less likely if the cuase is a physical restriction of the flow of CSF as in dandy-walker cyst or arnold chiari defect. ...Read more
CT/MRI commonly: Depends on the age. The suspicion may arise from the child's head circumference measurements increasing, or if the child has some sort of arrested neurologic development. Usually, a ct scan of the head is performed, if not an MRI of the head. Consultation with a pediatric neurosurgeon is common. Sometimes a drainage tube, or shunt, is required. ...Read more
In a baby with hydrocephalus and after shunting will the child need a new shunt next year or two?
Possibly: If the shunt stops working (shunt failure), it will need to be revised. This often entails placing a completely new shunt system or a partial new system. It is impossible to predict exactly when this will happen, but the general risk of shunt failure is 10% per year. The shunt may also need to be lengthened as the child grows. All the above possibilities entail a surgical procedure. ...Read more
My child has hydrocephalus n we have no idea to put a shunt. . Hw long will she survive?? She is nw 2 mnths old and she has haemerages also
As much as possible: Much of the information can be obtained from the neurosurgeon that placed the shunt. It is good to keep a record with you because people move/travel. Some basic information you should have includes: reason for the shunt, type of shunt (including model/ company brand), where does the shunt go (ie. Brain to abdomen vs. To pleura), is the shunt MRI safe? A copy of a baseline ct scan is useful. ...Read more
See your MD: Consult your OB physician who can arrange for further analysis and tests. In particular, the underlying cause of the hydrocephalus and potential treatment may need to be explored. You may also need the consultation with a pediatric neurosurgeon who may need to be available for interventions after the delivery. ...Read more
Can it be possible that there is no visible head enlargement for a 1-yr-old child diagnosed with hydrocephalus?
Its possible: This would depend on the cause of the hydrocephalus. If the cause is blockage of CSF flow (by a blood clot or tumor) there should be a back pressure that will cause the head enlargement. If the cause of the hydrocephalus is an ex vacuo phenomenon from a problem with development (ie. There is not as much brain tissue), the ventricles can dilate out to fill the space. There is not the back pressure. ...Read more
What kind: I am unfamiliar with also pressure hydrocephalus- did you spell the type correctly? For most causes of hydrocephalus, the type determines the treatment and forecast. The diabetes-how long, level of control, other vascular issues, and meds also figure in to the forecast you are seeking. Too complicated for this format. ...Read more
My child 3years old died with damaged brain coz of hydrocephalus that occures through pregnancy
What should I do if iwanna plan for new pregnancy?
Find a geneticist: There are many potential causes for hydrocephalus. If you can locate a geneticist with the university or children's hospital they can review what you know about the child you lost, review any records, and come up with a plan. Some of these are incidental and increasing folate in your diet may help, but some may be genetically linked and the risk higher. ...Read more
Excess fluid in head: Hydrocephalus is the greek word for "waterhead"; it is caused by accumulation of excess fluid intracranially from a variery of disorders (spina bifida, aqueductal stenosis, infections, bleeding, developmental anomalies). It compresses and deprives the developing fetal brain from adequate perfusion and can thus cause irreparable neurological injury and neurodevelopmental defects. Seek mfm care! ...Read more
Read this monograph: I have discussed this question in detail on my own blog. Go to http://surgeonwriter.com/hydrolog/ and download the free monograph HYDROCEPHALUS: An Owner's Manual. It's free. This is written for the lay person. It's brief, interesting, and informative. It's not encyclopedic, but it will answer most of your questions. Enough anyway, so you will know what to ask your doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Normal Pressure hydr: The source of what causes nph has not been really determined. It is a disorder that occurs more in the elderly population and is a situation where the patient has normal pressures within the brain yet has clinical symptoms of hydrocephalus or excessive water/pressure on the brain. ...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
I had hip replacement on july 19, 2012, I conceived on july 11, 2012, could this have cause the hydrocephalus in my baby?
Hip replacement.: No correlation.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is a prominent cistern magma dangerous in any way? Is it related to a normal pressure hydrocephalus
Not usually related: The cisterna magna is a spinal fluid space in the back of the brain which lies just posterior to the cerebellum. The space may be enlarged for a few reasons, both normal and pathologic (abnormal). You should have an MRI to evaluate further (if only CT done) and see Neurosurgeon or Neurologist for their opinion. Do you have any symptoms? Remember headaches can be from stress. Good luck. ...Read more
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