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How Dangerous Is Having A Shunt Put In For Hydrocephalus
Common procedure: While untoward outcomes may occur with any surgery, shunt placement is one of the most commonly performed neurosurgical procedures. The surgery entails passing a tube or catheter into the brain. Another catheter is passed under the scalp and skin and into the abdomen. Joining the two catheters is a pressure regulatory valve. This serves to divert fluid into the abdomen where it can be absorbed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My child has hydrocephalus n we have no idea to put a shunt . . hw long will she survive ? ? She is nw 2 mnths old and she has haemerages also
I was diagnosed 7 months ago with aqueductal stenosis, hydrocephalus and tonsilar ectopia. Doc says shunt is more dangerous than condition. Any help?
Get 2nd oopinion: Aqueductal stenosis can produce hydrocephalus. You are much older than most individuals who have that diagnosis. I presume that you had neuroimaging due to headaches. If the headaches are causing you significant distress or are interfering with your life activities, I would consider a 2nd opinion about a shunt. ...Read more
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?
Relieves csf: A shunt diverts CSF that is accumulating in the spaces of the brain called ventricles to the abdominal space. Normally the CSF which is produced in the ventricles exists through small pores in the ventricles to circulate the brain and down the spinal cord. If those pores are blocked or the CSF can not drain to the spinal cord, then it accumulates in the ventricles and decrease brain tissue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: It is possible for the hydrocephaly to slowly resolve and not re-occur. It certainly depends what caused the hydrocephaly in the first place. It is more common to slowly resolve if it was caused by a blled in the brain when the baby was premature. Less likely if the cuase is a physical restriction of the flow of CSF as in dandy-walker cyst or arnold chiari defect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly.: Hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage in cerebrospinal fluid flow. Depending on exactly where the blockage is, it might be amenable to an endoscopic 3rd ventriculostomy, where a small hole is punctured in the floor of the third ventricle to relieve the blockage. No external shunt is needed in these cases. If the blockage is in the wrong area however, this will not work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CT & Neuro tests: Generally, hydrocephalus poses specific neurologic signs & symptoms (Sx), which lead 2 testing. Dilated ventricles (fluid sacs in brain) can b seen on CT scan. U may have "frozen ventricle" meaning an abnormal CT scan w/o Sx; or shunt malfunction w/ Sx. If u r having symptoms like when u were 1st diagnosed, TTY neurologist, who can perform specific neurologic tests (tandem walk, etc.) 4 diagnosis. ...Read more
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