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Hydrocephalus Shunt Malfunction Symptoms
No: A vp shunt (short for ventriculoperitoneal) is a device consisting of tubing and a valve which direct the flow of cerebrospinal fluid from the fluid spaces in the brain (ventricles) to the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). This should not cause back problems. If you are having back problems, they are probably not related to the shunt. ...Read more
I have chiari malformation. Decompressed 2012, CSF leak surgery 2012, vp shunt 2013. Carpal tunnel result of chiari? Only small relief after surgeries
No relationship: Compression of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel has no relationship to the chiari malformation. Patients with chiari i malformation may have syringomyelia, which can cause neck and arm symptoms. However, carpal tunnel syndrome is very specific to the nerve at the wrist. Your neurosurgeon can help distinguish between the two conditions, and explain why you still have symptoms. ...Read more
Very unusual: 7 cases of hypopituitarism all having a history of breech delivery, asphyxia at birth, and syringomyelia. A small pituitary gland was found on MRI or CT in six cases, invisible pituitary stalk on MRI in five cases, and type 1 Arnold-Chiari malformation in six cases. A constellation of these abnormalities best explained by traction of brain and spinal cord.Not usually with uncomplicated Chiari 1. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No relationship.: No, arnold chiari malformation cannot cause meniere's disease. Meniere's disease is an inner ear disorder, whereas a chiari malformation is a brain condition. A chiari malformation occurs when the bottom of the brain (the brainstem) extends below the opening of the skull. ...Read more
I have chronic severe ear infection w/csf leak since brain decompression for chiari malformation. Could inner ear & ear bones be malformed also?
Unlikely: Unless your inner ear was involved in the surgery or you were born with inner ear or ear bone malformations, the inner ear and ear bones were likely unaffected from surgery. A suboccipital decompression typically does not affect the inner ear or ear bones. I would consult your otologist for a more precise answer. ...Read more
Is an external hydrocephalus consequence of brain atrophy ? Does external hydrocephalus make intracranial pressure ?
Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a disorder where there is an increase in cerebral spinal fluid and subsequent dilatation of the internal spaces of the brain. It can be caused by obstruction of the circulation of the fluid or decreased absorption. Intracrania pressure is increased. However with brain atrophy due to loss of tissue these spaces appear dilated but the pressure is normal. There is no fluid increase. ...Read more
What conditions cause constant downbeat nystagmus? Brain herniation & tonsillar descent on brain & IAC MR dizzy headaches pressure induced symptoms
Disturbing signs...: What you are describing are symptoms and signs of increased intracranial pressure from brain tumor or intracranial hypotension from spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leak or Chiari Malformation. In other words, could be a lot of different things. You need to see a Neurosurgeon as the findings on your MRI are serious and may need surgery. Go and get a good and thorough and consultation. ...Read more
Treatment for Hydrocephalus with posterior fossa cyst & VP Shunt insertion with pyogenic meaningitis?
MRI brain results, atrophy & ex vacuo dilated lateral ventricles. TBI 10yrs ago. Headache, nausea, blurry/double vision. Is it acquired Hydrocephalus?
Possibly: Ex vacuo is usually ventricular enlargement due to decreased cerebral tissue. Usually asymptomatic, your acquired hydrocephalus and its underlying mechanism of traumatic brain injury are likely related to your symptoms. Please speak with your health care provider about symptomatic treatment. ...Read more
Chiari, Sjogrens, occipital neuralgia, central apnea, hypertension, tachycardia before ablation, urin. Retention, now vestibular disease. All related?
Tough question: It's unusual to have several separate uncommon conditions, as a coincidence, but it does happen. There's always a way to tie conditions together, into one condition or it's treatment. Nothing particular comes to mind, that catches all conditions separately, but a thorough history, physical examination, and review of all testing results, by your doctor can help answer the question. Take care. ...Read more
Can obstructive aqueduct hydrocephalus after TB meningitis be cured with medicines? Lateral & third ventricles are dilated wid chronic locuna infarcts
TB meningitis: This devastating disease can produce brain infarctions by involvement of penetrating blood vessels and that is common in this illness. It also produces a basilar arachnoiditis which often results in obstructive hydrocephaly and this usually requires CSF shunting, commonly a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. See a neurosurgeon. Good luck. ...Read more
Can people w/o hydrocephalus have CSF pressure increase or headaches caused by intracranial pressure?
What isitthat causes svs &overdrainage due to vp shunt?Why does this occur? If it changes answer vpshunt is for idiop.Intrac.Hypert not hydrocephalus.
Low pressure effects: Idiopathic ich is usually treated with lumbar shunt, not ventricular shunt. Treatment can be difficult due to drop in pressure that can cause severe headache and stress effects. These symptoms may be so severe that shunt has to be revised or taken out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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