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Infant Hydrocephalus Symptoms
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. ...Read more
Read this 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. ...Read more
Please What are the symptoms in details for hydrocephalus in 10 months due to IVH grade 2-3. Head is always 95%+ .
Hydrocephalus : The signs and symptoms of hydrocephalus in a child in the first year of life is a failure to meet developmental milestones (sitting up, crawling, rolling over, or pulling up to a standing position) and head growth that is increasing faster than the normal percentile curve. 95% is ok if the head-size is consistently that percentile at 3-6-9-12 months. Discuss with a neurosurgeon. ...Read more
Excess fluid in head: Hydrocephalus is the greek word for "waterhead"; it is caused by accumulation of excess fluid intracranially from a variery of disorders (spina bifida, aqueductal stenosis, infections, bleeding, developmental anomalies). It compresses and deprives the developing fetal brain from adequate perfusion and can thus cause irreparable neurological injury and neurodevelopmental defects. Seek mfm care! ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NPH: Though the classic triad includes cognitive deficits, urinary incontinence, and gait problems, many patients do not present with all 3. Because other conditions can cause similar problems, most neurosurgeons perform additional testing prior to offering ventriculoperitoneal shunting, which is the conventional treatment of choice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In a baby with hydrocephalus and after shunting will the child need a new shunt next year or two?
Possibly: If the shunt stops working (shunt failure), it will need to be revised. This often entails placing a completely new shunt system or a partial new system. It is impossible to predict exactly when this will happen, but the general risk of shunt failure is 10% per year. The shunt may also need to be lengthened as the child grows. All of the above possibilities entail a surgical procedure. ...Read more
Yes: Depending upon the exact cause of the hydrocephalus, hydrocephalus in a neonate/infant may present purely with an enlarging head circumference without any other apparent neurological issues. If left untreated, however, a child will likely develop significant neurological symptoms related to brain dysfunction - mental delay, vision loss, psychomotor difficulties, etc. ...Read more
Is it normal for a baby to have hydrocephalus but the fluid is not constant? And the fluid fill parts of the brain that didn't develop?
My 2mo olds head shakes back and forth as if shes saying no, no other symptoms that I see..She has hydrocephalus that is treated. Shaking?
Head shaking: Have you discussed with your pediatric neurologist ( I assume your child has one based on the diagnosis you gave)? If no other symptoms or signs, watchful waiting is the name of the game. If any other symptoms develop let your child's neurologist know. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more
What are symptoms & chances for 9 mths to develop hydrocephalus due to ivh 2-3. Head always big 90+ %. normal development, last MRI 4 mths normal?
I had hip replacement on july 19, 2012 i conceived on july 11, 2012 could this have cause the hydrocephalus in my baby?
Hip replacement.: No correlation.Get a more detailed answer ›
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