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Could an infant fly if he or she has hydrocephalus ?

Could an infant fly if he or she has hydrocephalus ?

Hydrocephalus: There are no contraindications for an infant flying with hydrocephalus as long as the child is medically stable. ...Read more

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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What are typical symptoms of hydrocephalus?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the findings, symptoms of hydrocephalus?

Headache: As well as enlarged ventricles in the brain. Difficulty with vision, blurred vision, gait and ambulation difficulty, balance problems, memory and cognitive problems are all symptoms of hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a baby with hydrocephalus?

What to do if I have a baby with hydrocephalus?

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

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Please What are the symptoms in details for hydrocephalus in 10 months due to IVH grade 2-3. Head is always 95%+ .

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

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What is hydrocephalus and how does it affect a baby?

What is hydrocephalus and how does it affect a baby?

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

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What are the symptoms of hydrocephalus in a previously normal adult?

What are the symptoms of hydrocephalus in a previously normal adult?

Variable: Hydrocephalus in a previously normal adult can present with headaches, memory problems, imbalance or visual symptoms. Acute hydrocephalus can cause lethargy and coma if severe and untreated. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with arrested hydrocephalus last year. I had an evt in august. My symptoms have returned. What's going on?

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 more

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In newborn what is the main symptom of hydrocephalus?

In newborn what is the main symptom of hydrocephalus?

Usually asymptomatic: Large head or faster than usual growth of head is often the only sign of hydrocephalus noticed in newborn period. ...Read more

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Normal pressure hydrocephalus: are there many symptoms?

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 more

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In a baby with hydrocephalus and after shunting will the child need a new shunt next year or two?

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

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Are numbing of the hands and feet symptoms of hydrocephalus?

not typically: Common symptoms include headache, nausea/vomiting, altered mental status, and difficulty with upward gaze. ...Read more

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Is it common to have hydrocephalus but have no other symptoms other than an enlarged head?

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

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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?

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?

Could happen: Not all hydrocephalus is from obstruction. In cases where a part of the brain failed to develop there will be fluid where brain tissue should have been. This is called porencephalic ventricular dilatation. The degree of dilatation may vary depending on body position. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Very low: One of the most common causes of large head size is genetic. Likely his parents or other relatives wear big hats. A normal MRI excludes hydrocephalus and normal development confirms the MRI finding. Do not worry. ...Read more

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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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