Duration Of Tube Insertion In People With Hydrocephalus?
my wife has had a hose insert operation because there is hydrocephalus, does the hose have to stick for a lifetime can it be removed if the condition is stable again, the fluid is normal, not too late again r nThank you
Hydrocephalus is a state of accumulation of brain fluid due to its overproduction and poor absorption. Brain fluid is produced by a section called the choroid plexus which is located in the chambers of the brain (ventricles). Normally, the volume of brain fluid in adults is 120 cc. Brain fluid functions as a shock absorber for brain tissue, distributes the supply of nutrients to the brain nerves, and transports metabolic waste substances from brain cells.
Hydrocephalus usually occurs in infants or elderly people. In adults, hydrocephalus conditions can be caused by other diseases such as meningitis, head trauma, stroke, tumors in the brain, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's disease. Hydrocephalus usually gives symptoms due to an increase in the cavity of the skull, as follows:
Enlarged head size (commonly seen in pediatric patients because the crown has not closed and allows the skull to stretch)
Nausea, vomiting that is spraying
Complaints of double vision or blurred vision
Changes in gait
Changes in behavior
It suddenly fell
Hydrocephalus is handled by:
Installation of a Ventriculoperitoneal shunt, which is a tube that is inserted from the ventricle of the brain to the abdominal cavity with the aim of draining brain fluid out so that the pressure in the head cavity is reduced
The installation of an EVD (external ventricular drain), which is usually temporary, is a tube that is placed from the ventricle connected to a device outside the body that can also measure the pressure in the cavity of the head. EVD is usually placed in cases of cerebral hemorrhage.
Hydrocephalus shunts can be removed in some cases, where the cause of the hydrocephalus has been treated and will usually be evaluated first by a neurosurgeon. Evaluation includes CT scan, MRI, pressure in the cavity of the head. Removal and replacement of the shunt tube is performed in cases of infection or the tube is blocked or over-drainage occurs (more brain fluid is released than is produced) which increases the risk of cerebral hemorrhage.
During the shunt insertion, if you experience high fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, balance disorders, and other signs of increased head cavity pressure, you should immediately consult a neurologist.
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