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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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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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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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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?

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?

Yes: Children with hydrocephalus can have a normal life. Some have brain issues because of the hydrocephalus. Shunt placement has at least a 10% incidence of shunt infection. Proper treatment usually results in resolution of the infection and shunt may need to be changed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hydrocephalus in a previously normal adult?

What are the symptoms of hydrocephalus in a previously normal adult?

Variable: Hydrocephalus in a previously normal adult can present with headaches, memory problems, imbalance or visual symptoms. Acute hydrocephalus can cause lethargy and coma if severe and untreated. ...Read more

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Is it normal for hydrocephalus to affect my short-term memory?

Is it normal for hydrocephalus to affect my short-term memory?

Hydrocephalus: If your hydrocephalus is becoming uncompromised and pressure is rising, it can effect your short term memory. Long term memory is more resistant to loss.You should consult your neurosurgeon soon. ...Read more

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Normal pressure hydrocephalus: are there many symptoms?

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

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What is the normal treatment for hydrocephalus?

What is the normal treatment for hydrocephalus?

Shunting.: Ventriculoperitoneal shunts can be placed to drain the fluid build-up inside the head and relieve the pressure on the sensitive brain tissue. They are the standard of care for significant internal hydrocephalus. Seek neurosurgical care for additional details. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: normal pressure hydrocephalus?

Spinal fluid dysfnct: Spinal fluid circulated in and out of brain ventricles, and when there is an obstruction, intracranial pressure can increase, but the normal pressure process is one where the fluid mechanisms do not cause pressure. Symptoms involve dementia, a peculiar gait, (apraxia), urinary incontinence, and may respond to shunting. May be a sequela from prior hemorrhage or infection. ...Read more

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What causes normal pressure hydrocephalus?

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