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My son was just diagnosed with benign external hydrocephalus. What happens in this case?

My son was just diagnosed with benign external hydrocephalus. What happens in this case?

Benign: This is a condition that is believed to be due to an immaturity of the spinal fluid recirculation process, that leads to an increase in the amount of spinal fluid around the brain in infancy. It requires no treatment in the majority of cases, 2/3 of cases happen to boys, and it usually resolves completely within 1-2 years. Close observation and repeat imaging studies over time are recommended ...Read more

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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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How common is the need for a shunt with external hydrocephalus?

How common is the need for a shunt with external hydrocephalus?

Only if necessary: Hydrocephalus is a complex of high brain pressure and extra amount of brain water. Many patients have brain imaging that shows extra brain water but have no pressure. If there is no signs of obstruction along pathways through the brain, it is considered "external" hydrocephalus. If there is no pressure, there is no need for shunt. If there is definite pressure, a shunt is the best treatment. ...Read more

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MRI of the brain 12.07.2014 CONCLUSION: external hydrocephalus. Lateral ventricles ASYMMETRICAL BRAIN L> R, Ext. Third ventricle is not expanded, the

MRI of the brain 12.07.2014 CONCLUSION: external hydrocephalus. Lateral ventricles ASYMMETRICAL BRAIN L> R, Ext. Third ventricle is not expanded, the

Hydrocephalus: External hydrocephalus is a build up of cerebrospinal fluid over the surface of the brain rather than in the ventricles. Normally cerebrospinal fluid circulates from the brain to the spinal cord and back to the brain. When there is poor reabsorption or blockage then hydrocephalus (water on the brain) develops. See a neurosurgeon to help with treatment. ...Read more

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Is an external hydrocephalus consequence of brain atrophy ? Does external hydrocephalus make intracranial pressure ?

Is an  external hydrocephalus consequence of  brain atrophy ? Does   external hydrocephalus make intracranial pressure ?

Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a disorder where there is an increase in cerebral spinal fluid and subsequent dilatation of the internal spaces of the brain. It can be caused by obstruction of the circulation of the fluid or decreased absorption. Intracrania pressure is increased. However with brain atrophy due to loss of tissue these spaces appear dilated but the pressure is normal. There is no fluid increase. ...Read more

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My son has febrile seizures with external hydrocephalus. He has not had the MMR and Chicken pox. He has severe eczema. Is it safe to give shots?

My son has febrile seizures with external hydrocephalus.  He has not had the MMR and Chicken pox.  He has severe eczema.  Is it safe to give shots?

Generally, YES.: Unless your child has a specific contraindication to live virus vaccines, (eczema is not a contraindication) it's important that he gets all of his immunizations. Any of these common "childhood illnesses" could be devastating to him. You and your family members should also get the yearly flu vaccine and either MMR vaccine or proof of immunity plus vaccination against whoopinp cough. ...Read more

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What does hydrocephalus mean?

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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What is living with hydrocephalus like?

It depends: It depends whether it was treated with a shunt at birth, and if it was assciated with other congenital abnormalities like spins bifida these patients can have normal life to be unable to walk, wheelchair bound and developmental delay and several other problems requiring medical/orthpedic/urological/mental sequele and problems requiring care. ...Read more