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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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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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What is the likelihood you'll go blind from hydrocephalus?

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

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I'm going to have shunt surgery for hydrocephalus and i'm scared?

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

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How can hydrocephalus happen?

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Hydrocephalus: Genetic predisposition to aqueductal stenosis, Neural tube defects such as spina bifida, Premature birth complications such as intraventricular hemorrhage, Tumors, Traumatic head injury, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Meningitis. ...Read more

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What does hydrocephalus mean?

Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a situation where there is too much water in the brain. Spinal fluid normally circulates around and within in the brain. If the amount increases beyond normal volumes then one can have hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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How do you treat hydrocephalus?

How do you treat hydrocephalus?

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

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What is arrested hydrocephalus?

What is arrested hydrocephalus?

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 more

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When does hydrocephalus appear ?

When does hydrocephalus appear ?

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 more

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