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I know that 1 in 500 children are born w/hydrocephalus, but what's the statistics for acquired hydro? Percentage of people with vp shunts?

I know that 1 in 500 children are born w/hydrocephalus, but what's the statistics for acquired hydro? Percentage of people with vp shunts?

Unknown: Hydrocephalus has many causes. Most are in the chilhood age groups and are congenital. The age peak for adults is in the 70's and 80's. Tumors, trauma, and brain hemorrhage also cause hydro in adults and there are no known registries that can give you a number. You could search codman and johnson and johnson websites for hydro valve manufacturers. They may have numbers of valves sold. ...Read more

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Shunt (Definition)

Device that allows the flow of usually a fluid between two places. Sometimes a shunt may be used during carotid endarterectomy surgery to maintain the blood flow to the brain while the carotid artery ...Read more


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Can a ventriculoperitoneal shunt be used to drain a baby hydrocephalus?

Can a ventriculoperitoneal shunt be used to drain a  baby hydrocephalus?

That's one way: The current approach to hydrocephalus is dependent on the kid and the training of the neurosurgeon involved in their care. There are several ways to shunt the excess with VP shunting to be a traditional one. ...Read more

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Are shunt operations for adult hydrocephalus patients usually completely successful?

Depends on Diagnosis: There are several types of hydrocephalus in adults. Shunting is typically most successful in patients with acquired hydrocephalus (e.g., hydrocephalus from a brain tumor, bleed, etc) and much less successful in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus. You will need to further discuss this subject with your neurosurgeon ...Read more

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What's the process involved in having a shunt operation due to hydrocephalus?

What's the process involved in having a shunt operation due to hydrocephalus?

A tube is placed: The shunt for hydrocephalus simply takes fluid from an area of the brain where too much has accumulated and allows it to drain easily into another part of the body, usually the tissues inside the abdomen. To place it, the surgeon puts and anchors one end of a valved tube in the fluid area of the brain and the other in the abdomen. ...Read more

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I'm going to have shunt surgery for hydrocephalus and i'm scared?

Fairly routine: For an experienced and seasoned neurosurgeon, placement of a shunt to reduce pressure secondary to hydrocephalus is usually a safe and routine procedure, unlikely to be associated with complications. However, due to your fears, have a complete pre-operative meeting with the surgical team, and get all your questions and concerns addressed. ...Read more

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Why do I need to lie down for 24 hours after hydrocephalus shunt surgery?

Surgeon preference: Your surgeon must have a preference for you laying down. Every neurosurgeon's practice is different and yours definitely has his reasons. I would not second guess his protocol. In our facility, our shunt patients are usually up and walking the evening of surgery and home the next day- but trust your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an adult to recover from shunt surgery for hydrocephalus?

Week: If the shunt is working appropritely then the intial symptoms , ie headache, ataxia, bladder issues will resolve quickly. The obdominal incision whether open or laparoscopic will become increasingly pain free over that same week. ...Read more

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I have normal pressure hydrocephalus, had surgery back in November of 2015 I do not have a shunt I wanted to know if it was safe for me to fly?

Confirm therapy: How was the diagnosis of NPH confirmed, particularly if no shunt was put in place? It would be best to understand the workup and treatment; while there haven't been specific recommendations made about normal pressure hydrocephalus and flying (commercial airlines use a peak altitude pressurized to 8000 feet) need more details; discussion with your neurosurgeon/neurologist would be important. ...Read more

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My father has obstructive hydrocephalus. the doctors want to do a VP Shunt surgery. i am worried about complications that might arise and seek info!

Risks of untreated : obstructive hydrocephalus far outweigh risks of shunt placement by a qualified neurosurgeon. When a foreign body like a shunt is placed in a human body, there is risk of infection, clogging of the drain, etc., but long-standing ^ed pressure from excess cerebrospinal fluid wears away brain tissue like water wears away a rock. www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/hydrocephalus/detail_hydrocephalus.htm ...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?

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 a vp shunt for hydrocephalus and I sometimes zone out duing the day. What does this mean? Is this normal?

ZONE OUT means what?: Please specify if the person asking this question is the patient and are you 16 years of age? If so, we will need a parent or guardian to ask the question on your behalf or giving permission to use this service since it is typically for those 18 or older unless your state recognizes 16 as the age of parental emancipation. But I can tell you that NO, not normal to zone out. You need to be examined ...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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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 more

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How dangerous is having a shunt put in for hydrocephalus?

Common procedure: While untoward outcomes may occur with any surgery, shunt placement is one of the most commonly performed neurosurgical procedures. The surgery entails passing a tube or catheter into the brain. Another catheter is passed under the scalp and skin and into the abdomen. Joining the two catheters is a pressure regulatory valve. This serves to divert fluid into the abdomen where it can be absorbed. ...Read more

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Is hydrocephalus deadly if no. Shunt is implanted?

Depends on cause: Hydrocephalus is just a word to describe too much fluid pressure in the brain. Some babies are born with the condition but become stable and never need a shunt. Some develop the condition due to brain tumor and the shunt just allows for less distress as the tumor is being treated. Some have the condition due to complex congenital abnormalities. In acute pressure, the shunt is life saving. ...Read more

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How likely is shunt independence for acquired communicating hydrocephalus? Is it true that once you have a shunt, you're dependent on it forever?

Usually permanent: As a general rule, vp shunt should remain in place. For some the system develops a dependence on the shunt, for others, the shunt may not be necessary but the risk of injury during removal is too great. ...Read more

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Is shunt for hydrocephalus visible outside? Can it be removed later if CSF flow has been restored perfectly? What are the dangers of having a shunt?

Is shunt for hydrocephalus visible outside? Can it be removed later if CSF flow has been restored perfectly?  What are the dangers of having a shunt?

Depends: It really depends on the reason for why the shunt was placed. For the most part, it is placed because there is no reversibility to restore CSF flow. Initial complications of placing a shunt include infection, long-term complications include obstruction or shunt failure. The shunt in tunneled under the skin and can be visible as a tube over the skull or neck. ...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