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Dr. James Goodrich
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Hydrocephalus (Overview)

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 be congenital or acquired.


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How does hydrocephalus impact the spine and its structure?

How does hydrocephalus impact the spine and its structure?

Independent: Hydrocephalus is just increased brain fluid. However, it can be a result of a defect of drainage at the entry to the spine. Spinal defects can be part of complex defects that can include hydrocephalus - such as spina bifida. ...Read more

Dr. James Goodrich
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Hydrocephalus (Overview)

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 be congenital or acquired.


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In newborn what is the main symptom of hydrocephalus?

In newborn what is the main symptom of hydrocephalus?

Usually asymptomatic: Large head or faster than usual growth of head is often the only sign of hydrocephalus noticed in newborn period. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hydrocephalus in a previously normal adult?

What are the symptoms of hydrocephalus in a previously normal adult?

Variable: Hydrocephalus in a previously normal adult can present with headaches, memory problems, imbalance or visual symptoms. Acute hydrocephalus can cause lethargy and coma if severe and untreated. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with arrested hydrocephalus last year. I had an evt in august. My symptoms have returned. What's going on?

I  was diagnosed with arrested hydrocephalus last year. I had an evt in august. My symptoms have returned. What's going on?

Needs re-evaluation: Evts can close up. If the symptoms return, this should be re-evaluated by your neurosurgeon. Possible considerations include re-doing the evt or placing a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt. Imaging with an MRI scan is helpful in guiding the treatment. ...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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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 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 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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My 2mo olds head shakes back n forth as if shes saying no..she has hydrocephalus that is treated .. nothing else I notice when this happens?

My 2mo olds head shakes back n forth as if shes 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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Mon son had about three surgeries for treating hydrocephalus and every time the shunt gets blocked doctors say he will not walk?

Mon son had about three surgeries for treating hydrocephalus and every time the shunt gets blocked doctors say he will not walk?

Another opinion?: Have you got another opinion? If you have already done so, and this is the consensus, you may have to accept that your son will need other help. Make sure he is getting appropriate physical therapy. Many children do grow and develop well in spite of significant handicaps. Give him your love and help him to develop his special abilities. ...Read more

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What is the normal treatment for hydrocephalus?

What is the normal treatment for hydrocephalus?

Shunting.: Ventriculoperitoneal shunts can be placed to drain the fluid build-up inside the head and relieve the pressure on the sensitive brain tissue. They are the standard of care for significant internal hydrocephalus. Seek neurosurgical care for additional details. ...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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Whether levofloxacin shud b used wid hzre for TB meningitis patients and for hw long? For chronic lacunar infarcts and hydrocephalus furosimide could be given or some other drug. Want a second opinion

A mix up: You threw a lot of things in the same pot, so I am not sure i quite understand all what you said. First, Levofloxacin is not used as a first or second line medication in the us for the treatment of tb. Lacunar infarcts are not normally treated with furosemide. Furosemide may potentially be used for hydrocephalus but that's not the treatment for that. It may be used symptomatically at times. ...Read more

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What is the difference between viral and genetic hydrocephalus?

What is the difference between viral and genetic hydrocephalus?

Not much: Congenital hydrocephalus is usually caused by a blockage of CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) flow out of the brain (where it is produced) leading to excess fluid inside the brain. Infectious causes (often bacterial and parasitic) can clog the pathway out, just like congenital hydrocephalus, as well as limit the ability of the brain to resorb CSF after it completes its cycle around the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Can be vp brain shunt surgery done by awake method ( e.G. When the patient has apart from hydrocephalus (e.G heart dis.) and anest. Risk is so big?

Can be vp  brain shunt surgery done by awake method ( e.G. When the patient has apart from hydrocephalus (e.G heart dis.) and anest. Risk is so big?

Its not the rouitine: Vp shunt surgery is usually done with general anesthesia. This is the safest way to do it. Under extreme circumstances, it is possible to do this surgery with local anesthesia nd sedation, but again this will be very unusual. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have two hydrocephalus pregnancies.Can it b avoided?Dr.Says there is 25% recurrence chances & can't b avoided. Plz advice

Genetics: Hydrocephalus can be genetic rather than spontaneous, occurring in future pregnancies. If you have not, see a geneticist to get more specific answers to these questions. ...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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