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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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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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What symptoms would an adult with hydrocephalus have? Not talking about normal pressure hydrocephalus.

What symptoms would an adult with hydrocephalus have? Not talking about normal pressure hydrocephalus.

Headache: blurred or double vision, sunsetting of the eyes, problems with balance, poor coordination, gait disturbance, urinary incontinence, slowing or loss of skills, lethargy, drowsiness, irritability, or other changes in personality or cognition including memory loss. ...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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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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What causes hydrocephalus in adults?

Hydrocephalus: It is blockage of the flow of fluid in the brain. Meningitis, tumor, traumatic head injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, cranial surgery, or medications have been implicated. In children it can be due to premature birth or genetic defects - that blocks flow (aqueductal stenosis). Apparently, often the cause is not determined. With early treatment "many lead normal lives with few limitations.". ...Read more

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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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Can people with hydrocephalus live a normal life?

Nl life w/hydrocepha: People with hydrocephalus that has been treated can lead a normal life and life span. However, i would not suggest participation in contact sports. ...Read more

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Can a child with hydrocephalus lead a normal life?

Can a child with hydrocephalus lead a normal life?

Yes: A child with hydrocephalus can lead a very normal life. I presume you are asking whether or not the shunt will affect the ability to have a normal life. Patients with shunts can and do live very normal and full and productive lives. There certainly are some precautions they need to take such as being aware of the signs of shunt dysfunction. Also, there may be some limitations to avoid head injury. ...Read more

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