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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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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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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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Hydrocephalus (Definition)

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 ...Read more