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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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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