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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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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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How does a shunt work to treat hydrocephalus?

How does a shunt work to treat hydrocephalus?

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 more

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What's are the difference between the three available programmable shunts commonly used to treat hydrocephalus?

What's are the difference between the three available programmable shunts commonly used to treat hydrocephalus?

Several Differences: Several differences exist. One the number of pressure settings, available to program, another is the ability to tolerate exposure to mri. Finally, the ability to 'virtually shut the device off' by using a high pressure setting is another feature present that may or may not be present in a given device. Disclosure: I work for one of the companies that make these devices. ...Read more

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Is it possible for the enlargement of the head be reversed, either surgically or not, after the hydrocephalus is treated with a shunt?

Is it possible for the enlargement of the head be reversed, either surgically or not, after the hydrocephalus is treated with a shunt?

Depends: This depends on whether or not the sutures of the head are fused. If you are 46yo with hydrocephalus and receive a shunt, it is not likely that the head size will reverse. The sutures of the head are usually fused by the age of 2 years and it is not possible to "shrink" the skull. I am not aware of any safe surgery done to correct this. ...Read more

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I have a vp shunt for Hydrocephalus and if I have shunt malfunction and if I don't get treated right away what would happen to me?

HEADACHE: Will be the first thing you notice with a shunt malfunction. Then you will loose coordination, vomit, have visual problems, lose consciousness and if you continue to be untreated you will build up enough pressure for your brainstem to be pushed through the base of the skull and your breathing will stop. ...Read more

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My 2mo olds head shakes back and forth as if she's saying no, no other symptoms that I see. She has hydrocephalus that is treated. Shaking?

My 2mo olds head shakes back and forth as if she's saying no, no other symptoms that I see. She has hydrocephalus that is treated. Shaking?

Head shaking: Have you discussed with your pediatric neurologist (I assume your child has one based on the diagnosis you gave)? If no other symptoms or signs, watchful waiting is the name of the game. If any other symptoms develop let your child's neurologist know. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 2mo olds head shakes back n forth as if she's saying no. She has hydrocephalus that is treated. Nothing else I notice when this happens?

Titubation: The head bobbing from side to side is titubation and comes from damage to the midline cerebellum which is responsible for coordination and balance. While a shunt is helpful for diverting cerebrospinal fluid that is not absorbing properly, there may be a blockage or loculation of cerebrospinal fluid around the fourth ventricle. Updated imaging and an evaluation with the neurosurgeon is appropriate. ...Read more

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How can hydrocephalus happen?

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Hydrocephalus: Genetic predisposition to aqueductal stenosis, Neural tube defects such as spina bifida, Premature birth complications such as intraventricular hemorrhage, Tumors, Traumatic head injury, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Meningitis. ...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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What is arrested hydrocephalus?

What is arrested hydrocephalus?

Arressted Hydro: Arrested hydrocephalus' is said to have occurred when the intracranial pressure returns to normal, despite the ventricles remaining dilated. The CSF absorption appears to have balanced production. In the infant, normal development resumes but any pre-existing damage remains. ...Read more

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When does hydrocephalus appear?

When does hydrocephalus appear?

It varies: Hydrocephalus commonly called water on the brain can be present at birth or can develop later in life. It is due to an imbalance between production and absorbtion of brain fluid or csf. There are numerous causes of the congenital form. Other causes include infection and tumors. There is even a form seen later in life that mimics dementia and causes balance problems. ...Read more

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Are there cures for hydrocephalus?

Treatments exist: Hydrocephalus is an excess of cerebro-spinal fluid. If there is too much due to a blockage in drainage in one spot, a tube can be placed to drain the fluid around the blockage. This is called a shunt and will end the hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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What are the types of hydrocephalus?

Acquired/congenital: Congenital Causes of Hydrocephalus Aqueductal stenosis Intraventricular hemorrhage Myelomeningocele (spina bifida) – Chiari II malformation Dandy-Walker Malformation Acquired causes of hydrocephalus Trauma Hemorrhage Tumor Infection Idiopathic Normal pressure hydrocephalus Pseudotumor cerebrii Multicompartmental (loculated) hydrocephalus Trapped fourth ventricle ...Read more

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What causes hydrocephalus in adults?

Hydrocephalus: It is blockage of the flow of fluid in the brain. Meningitis, tumor, traumatic head injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, cranial surgery, or medications have been implicated. In children it can be due to premature birth or genetic defects - that blocks flow (aqueductal stenosis). Apparently, often the cause is not determined. With early treatment "many lead normal lives with few limitations.". ...Read more

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What are the tests for hydrocephalus?

CT scan: The tests for hydrocephalus are ct and MRI of the brain. There can also be some variations on the above to test for hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Do hydrocephalus mean you are dying?

Do hydrocephalus mean you are dying?

No: Hydrocephalus means there is something preventing the fluid in your brain from draining correctly. Thus, it backs up and makes the areas that "hold" the fluid dilate. While this causes many problems, and if left untreated it can progress to serious issues, it does not mean you will die. It can be treated, and you should see a neurosurgeon. ...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