Top
10
Doctor insights on: Encephalocele

Share
1

1
Is this serious? My baby's diagnosed with an encephalocele?

Is this serious? My baby's diagnosed with an encephalocele?

Needs surgery: Encephaloceles are rare.Developing baby's skull does not close completely.Part of brain may come through hole in the skull. Sometimes, part of the membrane that covers brain and spinal cord and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) also come through the opening. Can occur in front or back of skull.Neurosurgeons repair encephaloceles within first few months of life by craniotomy for brain to be placed back. ...Read more

2

2
What are the symptoms of an encephalocele?

Depends on location: The most common encephalocele occurs in the frontal area from a defect in the anterior skull base where a defect develops and allows part of the brain to herniate through it. This is associated with meningitis, headaches, cerebrospinal fluid leaks from the nose, etc. ...Read more

3

3
What are the tests for encephalocele?

What are the tests for encephalocele?

Injection and scan: Mri's are very helpful. Other tests we use include injection of radioactive tracer in the spinal fluid and look for tracer being picked up in the sinuses. We can inject dye in the spinal fluid and then do fine cut images on ct scan looking for areas of leakage. ...Read more

4

4
How do people treat encephalocele?

How do people treat encephalocele?

Surgery: Encephalocele means that part of the brain is outside the skull, usually enclosed in a sac. Neurosurgery first determines what brain structures are involved with an mri, then will proceed to repair the encephalocele. Usually that part of the brain is removed. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
7

7
How dangerus is an encephalocele operation?

Depends on location: An encephalocele is characterized by the outpouching of brain and its overlying meninges through a defect in the skull. This is the result of some problem during development where the notochord did not close. These are reduced and covered to prevent CSF infection. The risk depends on the location and the size.There is a risk to neurologic function if the encephalocele is adjacent to eloquent brain. ...Read more

8

8
How do people treat encephalocele?

Surgery: Encephalocele means that part of the brain is outside the skull, usually enclosed in a sac. Neurosurgery first determines what brain structures are involved with an mri, then will proceed to repair the encephalocele. Usually that part of the brain is removed. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
What are the tests for encephalocele?

Injection and scan: Mri's are very helpful. Other tests we use include injection of radioactive tracer in the spinal fluid and look for tracer being picked up in the sinuses. We can inject dye in the spinal fluid and then do fine cut images on ct scan looking for areas of leakage. ...Read more

10

10
What sort of disorder is an encephalocele?

What sort of disorder is an encephalocele?

Encephalocoele: This is a congenital condition in which portion of the skull are absent and/or fail to fuse permit extrusion of portions of the brain. Surgery is generally advised. ...Read more