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Are shunt operations for adult hydrocephalus patients usually completely successful?

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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
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In brief: Depends on Diagnosis

There are several types of hydrocephalus in adults.
Shunting is typically most successful in patients with acquired hydrocephalus (e.g., hydrocephalus from a brain tumor, bleed, etc) and much less successful in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus. You will need to further discuss this subject with your neurosurgeon

In brief: Depends on Diagnosis

There are several types of hydrocephalus in adults.
Shunting is typically most successful in patients with acquired hydrocephalus (e.g., hydrocephalus from a brain tumor, bleed, etc) and much less successful in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus. You will need to further discuss this subject with your neurosurgeon
Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
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In brief: Usually.

Hydrocephalus is a condition of too much spinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain .
A shunt is an artificial drainage pathway to allow the fluid to drain out of the brain. If the shunt is placed and doesn't get infected or plugged by blood or tissue it usually works quite well and relieves the pressure

In brief: Usually.

Hydrocephalus is a condition of too much spinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain .
A shunt is an artificial drainage pathway to allow the fluid to drain out of the brain. If the shunt is placed and doesn't get infected or plugged by blood or tissue it usually works quite well and relieves the pressure
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