Frequently Asked Questions – Hydrocephalus

Frequently Asked Questions - Hydrocephalus

  • The device is not working, there is no fluid increase; they say that there’s no need to remove the device and torment the child.
  • The shunts are clogging constantly…
  • How right would it be to perform an endoscopic intervention instead of a shunt?
  • An adjustable shunt was implanted, but he’s still not getting better.

In the hydrocephalus disease, the excessive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is transferred to the abdominal cavity in a controlled manner by a thin tube running under the skin together with a high-tech pump on it, a shunt, and it may need to be replaced over time or as the baby grows. It is most appropriate for these patients for the decision to be made by an experienced pediatric neurosurgeon.

  • Hydrocephalus was followed up in the 32nd week of pregnancy; and after 2 weeks, a 4 mm further growth was detected in the baby’s head circumference.
  • What is the suspicion of hydrocephalus in pregnancy?
  • There is an expansion in the ventricles…

Suspicion of hydrocephalus in a baby starts during the baby’s regular check-ups by the family physician; with the observation of an abnormal increase while measuring the head circumference. However, with improved medical imaging facilities, it is now possible for this disease to be recognized when the baby is still in her mother’s womb, and the increase in ventricular width can be monitored during pregnancy. In other words, you should not postpone the controls of your baby during pregnancy, as well as after birth. At any stage, if your doctor directs you to a pediatric neurosurgeon, do not waste any time so that the diagnosis is confirmed and the most accurate treatment can be planned for your baby.

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