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Dr. James Goodrich
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Hydrocephalus (Overview)

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 mental status and coma.


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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
703 doctors shared insights

Hydrocephalus (Overview)

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 mental status and coma.


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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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What are the fetal signs/symptoms of hydrocephalus?

What are the fetal signs/symptoms of hydrocephalus?

Large head size: Larger head than expected often picked up by fetal sonogram brings suspicion of hydrocephalus. ...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