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How likely is shunt independence for acquired communicating hydrocephalus? Is it true that once you have a shunt, you're dependent on it forever?

How likely is shunt independence for acquired communicating hydrocephalus? Is it true that once you have a shunt, you're dependent on it forever?

Usually permanent: As a general rule, vp shunt should remain in place. For some the system develops a dependence on the shunt, for others, the shunt may not be necessary but the risk of injury during removal is too great. ...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 non-communicating hydrocephalus terminal when the patient is not a candidate for either shunt or endoscopic third ventriculostomy (etv) surgeries?

Possibly: This depends on the chronicity of the hydrocephalus. If it has taken a while to build up to this stage, then the patient may slowly compensate for it. If it has occurred acutely, then the patient will likely expire. ...Read more

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If a ventricular mass that was causing hydrocephalus was removed, but a shunt was still needed afterwards, is the hydro considered non/communicating?

Depends: This depends on if the mass or obstruction was fully removed and whether other obstructive lesions or anatomy is present (e.g. Aqueductal stenosis). If not, then it would be considered communicating hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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If someone had obstructive hydrocephalus and the tumor was removed, but then they still had hydro afterwards, is it communicating or noncommunicating?

Clarification : This is frequent cause of confusion as some terms used interchangeably. Noncommunicating hydrocephalus is commonly called obstructive hydrocephalus occurs when CSF flow is blocked along one of the narrow passages connecting the ventricles. In a case of tumor obstructing the CSF flow -preventing CSF communication with subarachnoid space. When tumor removed, if successful, obstruction is relieved. ...Read more

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Is it more likely for people w/congenital or acquired hydrocephalus to eventually not be dependent on shunts anymore? Communicating/noncommunicating?

Hydrocephalus: The reason the people with acquired hydrocephalus come for treatment is their disease which is treated with a shunt. These individuals will require the shunt life long. The congenital hydrocephalus group have less than a 5% chance of no longer requiring a shunt. Shunts work well and there are athletes, scientists, accountants, etc with functioning shunts. ...Read more

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What does hydrocephalus mean?

Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a situation where there is too much water in the brain. Spinal fluid normally circulates around and within in the brain. If the amount increases beyond normal volumes then one can have hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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How do you treat hydrocephalus?

How do you treat hydrocephalus?

Shunt placement: True symptomatic hydrocephalus is treated by draining the ventricles through a small tube. A neurosurgeon preforms this by making a small hole in the skull and passing a thin tube into the lateral ventrical of the brain. This tube is then passed downward under the skin into the abdominal cavity where it allows the cerebral spinal fluid flow from the ventricals. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a condition where too much cerebrospinal fluid collects within the brain. Early symptoms are headaches which are not easily treated with over the counter medications. As the disorder progresses there can by nausea and vomiting. A consultation with a neurologist might be helpful to determine if you have hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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