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Can a child with hydrocephalus lead a normal life?

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 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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Is it possible that there is no visible head enlargement for a child with hydrocephalus?

Is it possible that there is no visible head enlargement for a child with hydrocephalus?

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

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How is hydrocephalus detected in a child ?

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 an raise the possibility of hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Can people with hydrocephalus live a normal life?

Nl life w/hydrocepha: People with hydrocephalus that has been treated can lead a normal life and life span. However, i would not suggest participation in contact sports. ...Read more

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Can a child stop needing a shunt for hydrocephalus?

Can a child stop needing a shunt for hydrocephalus?

Possible: It is possible for the hydrocephaly to slowly resolve and not re-occur. It certainly depends 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

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How do you take care of a child with a shunt for hydrocephalus?

How do you take care of a child with a shunt for hydrocephalus?

Normally: As long as the shunt functions well, ther essentially is nothing that needs done other than to treat your child normally, with perhaps some care to avoid situations where there may be head trauma. ...Read more

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Can the heads of people who had hydrocephalus as a child stay the same size?

Can the heads of people who had hydrocephalus as a child stay the same size?

Hydrocephalus: If the hydrocephalus has been successfully treated then the head size should grow appropriately as in any other child ...Read more

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Could the heads of people who had hydrocephalus as a child stay the same big size?

Could the heads of people who had hydrocephalus as a child stay the same big size?

Hydrocephalus: Yes the head size can remain on the large size, it is most dependent at what point the hydrocephalus was treated. In the earlier treatments the head size can actually decreased. Not so much the case in later treatment. ...Read more

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What does the doctor do when he suspects that a child has hydrocephalus ?

What does the doctor do when he suspects that a child has hydrocephalus ?

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

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