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What is the normal treatment for hydrocephalus?

What is the normal treatment for hydrocephalus?

Shunting.: Ventriculoperitoneal shunts can be placed to drain the fluid build-up inside the head and relieve the pressure on the sensitive brain tissue. They are the standard of care for significant internal hydrocephalus. Seek neurosurgical care for additional details. ...Read more

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Dr. James Goodrich
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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


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Is surgery the best treatment for hydrocephalus?

Yes: If you truly have hydrocephalus then surgery is the best therapy currently available. The only type of hydrocephalus that is controversial is normal pressure hydrocephalus (nph). The outcomes of surgery for nph are less consistent than for other types of hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Is there a non-surgical treatment for hydrocephalus?

Is there a non-surgical treatment for hydrocephalus?

Not usually: Hydrocephalus is caused by blockage of the "pipes" that drain fluid pockets in/around the brain. Some cause of blockage due to temporary swelling, infection, or tumor responsive to non surgical treatments can improve without surgery. But most causes of hydrocephalus will require surgery. ...Read more

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Treatment for Hydrocephalus with posterior fossa cyst & VP Shunt insertion with pyogenic meaningitis?

Treatment for Hydrocephalus with posterior fossa cyst &  VP Shunt insertion with pyogenic meaningitis?

Pyogenic: infection in the face of a VP shunt will inevitably require that the shunt be removed, the infection treated with antibiotics and then the shunt replaced. ...Read more

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Has any medication been proven more effective as treatment for normal pressure hydrocephalus?

NPH Drug Treatment: No definitive evidence exists that medication can successfully treat nph. Parkinson drugs have been reported to be of benefit in anecdotal reports, these patients with nph may represent misdiagnosed cases of parkinsonism. In patients who are poor candidates for shunt surgery, repeated lumbar punctures in combination with diuretics may be considered. ...Read more

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Can any docs elaborate about the treatment and prevention of hydrocephalus?

Can any docs elaborate about the treatment and prevention of 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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Hydrocephalus - treatment options, what to do?

Hydrocephalus - treatment options, what to do?

Read my 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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Help docs, has hydrocephalus treatment advanced any further than it was 10 years ago?

Hydrocephalus: I cannot really say there has been any significant advancement in the last 10 years. A huge difference from fifty years ago but the techniques we use now are pretty much the same as what was used 10 years ago. ...Read more

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What is extraventricular obstructive hydrocephalus and what is its treatment?

What is extraventricular obstructive hydrocephalus and what is its treatment?

Slow absorption: Cerebral spinal fluid is produced inside the ventricles, cycles through the ventricular system, and then passes out side the ventricles to be absorbed. Obstruction within the ventricles produces internal hydrocephalus. A defect in absorption outside the ventricles will also produce hydrocephalus which is external. This type is often referred to as external or communicating hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Hi, Karl-Emil has Hydrocephalus. We have MRI images. We would like a second opinion on prognosis and treatment (wait and see) or shunt. Who to contact?

A good option is : to contact the International Center Boston Children's Hospital at 1-617-355-5209 or international.center@childrens.harvard.edu to arrange sending medical records & copies of MRI's electronically to Dr. Benjamin Warf, pediatric neurosurgeon. Dr. Warf has provided excellent care for a family member of mine with hydrocephalus; his colleagues are also great. Call someone soon to avoid an emergency. ...Read more