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What is extraventricular obstructive hydrocephalus and what is its treatment?

What is extraventricular obstructive hydrocephalus and what is its treatment?

Slow absorption: Cerebral spinal fluid is produced inside the ventricles, cycles through the ventricular system, and then passes out side the ventricles to be absorbed. Obstruction within the ventricles produces internal hydrocephalus. A defect in absorption outside the ventricles will also produce hydrocephalus which is external. This type is often referred to as external or communicating hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Hydrocephalus (Definition)

A condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid or "brain fluid" within the brain which causes increased pressure inside the skull. It can ...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?

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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My father has obstructive hydrocephalus. the doctors want to do a VP Shunt surgery. i am worried about complications that might arise and seek info!

Risks of untreated : obstructive hydrocephalus far outweigh risks of shunt placement by a qualified neurosurgeon. When a foreign body like a shunt is placed in a human body, there is risk of infection, clogging of the drain, etc., but long-standing ^ed pressure from excess cerebrospinal fluid wears away brain tissue like water wears away a rock. www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/hydrocephalus/detail_hydrocephalus.htm ...Read more

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My gf had TB meningitis a yr bck nd HS lacunar infarcts with obstructive hydrocephalus. Now she is improving but slowly. Can I expect a good recovery?

My gf had TB meningitis a yr bck nd HS lacunar infarcts with obstructive hydrocephalus. Now she is improving but slowly. Can I expect a good recovery?

Slow and steady: Her improvement will be slow and steady. At some point, she may reach a recovery plateau. In other words, she may not get back to 100% of her pre-meningitis baseline. Continued physical therapy, encouragement, and follow-up with specialists will help during the prolonged recovery phase. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/rehabilitation.html ...Read more

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22 years old fiancee had TB meningitis with obstructive hydrocephalus in july 2013 but doctor didn't place a shunt as her condition was getting better. Are they right at there place or shunt is must?

Hydrocephalus: This condition is unfortunate. The good thing is that treatment resulted in improvement. As long as clinically she improved there is no need for a shunt right now. If symptoms like a persistent headache, or MRI shows very large ventricles then a shunt may be considered. As long as there is improvement then one can wait. ...Read more

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22 year old fiancee had TB meningitis in july 2013 and had lacunar infarcts and obstructive hydrocephalus but docs didn't put shunt and said because she's improving, no need of shunt, are they right?

TB m meningitis.: Sorry to hear what happened to him. TB meningitis needs prolonged anti-TB therapy. Both strokes and hydrocephalus may be complications. If his hydrocephalus is mild and especially when he is improving, he does not need shunting. ...Read more

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22 yr old girl had TB meningitis last yr wid obstructive hydrocephalus bt docs said as her condition is getting better wid med shunt isn't required . Is her recovery slow due to this? Will it resolve?

22 yr old girl had TB meningitis last yr wid obstructive hydrocephalus bt docs said as her condition is getting better wid med shunt isn't required . Is her recovery slow due to this? Will it resolve?

Meningitis: The patient is very fortunate that she is improving and does not require a shunt. Shunts are man-made devices that can become blocked, disconnected, or infected. There can be over drainage or bleeding from the shunt as well. I would encourage the patient to work hard in rehab as gains in function will continue over the next year. Continued imaging of the brain with CT scans is important too. ...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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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

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Can you tell me how hydrocephalus happen?

Can you tell me how hydrocephalus happen?

Read my monograph: I have discussed this question in detail on my own blog. Go to http://surgeonwriter.com/hydrolog/ and download the free monograph HYDROCEPHALUS: An Owner's Manual. It's free. This is written for the lay person. It's brief, interesting, and informative. It's not encyclopedic, but it will answer most of your questions. Enough anyway, so you will know what to ask your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How is hydrocephalus detected in a child ?

Depends: In the fetus, it is frequently diagnosed with ultrasound. In infants, before the fontanels (soft spots) close, ultrasound will also detect it. In the older child, MRI or ct will show hydrocephalus if suspected by signs and symptoms. The exam of the back of the eye can suggest increased pressure in the head an raise the possibility of hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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