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Are there any options other than a shunt to help with hydrocephalus ?
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Dr. John Stork
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Possibly.
Hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage in cerebrospinal fluid flow.
Depending on exactly where the blockage is, it might be amenable to an endoscopic 3rd ventriculostomy, where a small hole is punctured in the floor of the third ventricle to relieve the blockage. No external shunt is needed in these cases. If the blockage is in the wrong area however, this will not work.

In brief: Possibly.
Hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage in cerebrospinal fluid flow.
Depending on exactly where the blockage is, it might be amenable to an endoscopic 3rd ventriculostomy, where a small hole is punctured in the floor of the third ventricle to relieve the blockage. No external shunt is needed in these cases. If the blockage is in the wrong area however, this will not work.
Dr. John Stork
Dr. John Stork
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Dr. Zachariah George
Neurosurgery
In brief: Depends
This depends on the type of hydrocephalus you suffer from (communicating vs.
Non-communicating). Some patients may be candidates for a third ventriculostomy procedure.

In brief: Depends
This depends on the type of hydrocephalus you suffer from (communicating vs.
Non-communicating). Some patients may be candidates for a third ventriculostomy procedure.
Dr. Zachariah George
Dr. Zachariah George
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Dr. Gregg Friedman
Gregg L. Friedman MD Psychiatrist agrees
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