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Dr. James Goodrich
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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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Or also pressure hydrocephalus, diabetic, obese age 65 life expectancy. Normal pressure?

Or also pressure hydrocephalus, diabetic, obese age 65 life expectancy. Normal pressure?

What kind: I am unfamiliar with also pressure hydrocephalus- did you spell the type correctly? For most causes of hydrocephalus, the type determines the treatment and forecast. The diabetes-how long, level of control, other vascular issues, and meds also figure in to the forecast you are seeking. Too complicated for this format.

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Hi! I'm born with hydrocephalus and im wondering if there is a progress in research for a life without hydrocephalus?

Hi! I'm born with hydrocephalus and im wondering if there is a progress in research for a life without hydrocephalus?

RARE: Rarely, hydrocephalus is not progressive because alternate pathways of CSF absorption develop or because normal mechanisms for CSF handling become reestablished. This is known as “arrested hydrocephalus.” in this case, shunt revision is unnecessary.

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Can people with hydrocephalus live a normal life?

Nl life w/hydrocepha: People with hydrocephalus that has been treated can lead a normal life and life span. However, I would not suggest participation in contact sports.

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Can a child with hydrocephalus lead a normal life?

Can a child with hydrocephalus lead a normal life?

Yes: A child with hydrocephalus can lead a very normal life. I presume you are asking whether or not the shunt will affect the ability to have a normal life. Patients with shunts can and do live very normal and full and productive lives. There certainly are some precautions they need to take such as being aware of the signs of shunt dysfunction. Also, there may be some limitations to avoid head injury.

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Years ago I had congenital hydrocephalus, does it have any effect in the later part of my life?

Hydrocephalus: A hard question to answer as the lasting effects are based on how quickly you were treated and any problems that you have been left with at this point. A neurosurgeon could do the workup and imaging studies and might be able to give a better answer.

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Are needed regular neurological controls at inborn hydrocephalus if inever had problems with this and I lead normal life like otherwise health one?

Hydrocephalus: Check with a neurologist on a yearly basis if you are stable, otherwise more frequently if you are getting headaches.

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I have 6 month baby whoes suffering from hydrocephalus. After shunt treatment there is shunt infection occured now my baby can spend a normal life?

I have 6 month baby whoes suffering from hydrocephalus. After shunt treatment there is shunt infection occured now my baby can spend a normal life?

Yes: Children with hydrocephalus can have a normal life. Some have brain issues because of the hydrocephalus. Shunt placement has at least a 10% incidence of shunt infection. Proper treatment usually results in resolution of the infection and shunt may need to be changed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What are typical symptoms of hydrocephalus?

Which type?: Acute high pressure hydrocephalus can bring headache, vomiting, nausea, papilledema (retinal swelling), sleepiness or coma (unarousable unresponsiveness). Chronic "normal pressure hydrocephalus" occurs over years and brings "magnetic" gait disturbance, then cognitive impairment (inattentive, slowed thinking) and finally bladder incontinence associated with lack of concern or embarrassment.

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Is it true that hydrocephalus is hereditary?

Is it true that hydrocephalus is hereditary?

No: Hydrochephalus, the obstruction of cerebral spinal fluid can be due to physical obstruction of CSF pathways, blockage of the absorption structures that remove CSF due to hemorrhage in the brain or infection. Tumors may cause narrowing or obstruction in the course of csf.

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What are the main symptoms of hydrocephalus?

Headache: There is usually headache, vision problems, balance difficulty and cognitive difficulty. There can be other symptoms but these are some of the most common.

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Can hydrocephalus pass from person to person?

Can hydrocephalus pass from person to person?

No: No, but hydrocephalus is rarely the result of an infection (encephalitis, meningitis), some of which can be transmitted person to person.

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I have hydrocephalus why is my back crooked?

Not sure: If you were born with hydrocephalus, then there was an abnormality in you brain that caused it. These are often associated with spinal abnormalities as well.