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Where Can Someone With Unshunted Hydrocephalus Go To Live
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
Highly unlikely if : your shunt is working well. If the cause of your hydrocephalus included damage to areas of the brain involved in receiving & processing visual input, that's another story. If you feel your visual acuity is diminishing, see your neurologist or neurosurgeon for evaluation & sign a release of your medical records for the ophthalmologist to whom you're referred. ...Read more
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
Shunt placement: True symptomatic hydrocephalus is treated by draining the ventricles through a small tube. A neurosurgeon preforms this by making a small hole in the skull and passing a thin tube into the lateral ventrical of the brain. This tube is then passed downward under the skin into the abdominal cavity where it allows the cerebral spinal fluid flow from the ventricals. ...Read more
Arressted Hydro: Arrested hydrocephalus' is said to have occurred when the intracranial pressure returns to normal, despite the ventricles remaining dilated. The CSF absorption appears to have balanced production. In the infant, normal development resumes but any pre-existing damage remains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It varies: Hydrocephalus commonly called water on the brain can be present at birth or can develop later in life. It is due to an imbalance between production and absorbtion of brain fluid or csf. There are numerous causes of the congenital form. Other causes include infection and tumors. There is even a form seen later in life that mimics dementia and causes balance problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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