How To Deal With Hydrocephalus In A 9 Month Old Baby?
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In the brain there is a fluid called the cerebrospinal fluid which functions as a cleanser for metabolic waste, protects the brain from injury, keeps the brain in position, and maintains the right pressure for the brain. Hydrocephalus is a buildup of fluid in brain cavities that can be caused by blockage or not. The so-called communicating hydrocephalus, which is not a blockage, can be caused by infection, bleeding, an increase in the amount of brain fluid, or an increase in the thickness of the brain fluid. If this fluid buildup is not resolved, it will suppress brain tissue and weaken brain function.
Treatment of hydrocephalus depends on the type and cause of hydrocephalus, although most cases of hydrocephalus require surgery, there are circumstances where these cases do not require surgery. Some of the conditions that do not require surgery are:
1. If the surgery does not bring about a change in the end result, for example in a child with congenital hydranencephaly
2. Asymptomatic infant patient, whose CT scan shows slight enlargement of the cavity in the brain (ventricle and subarachnoid space)
3. And certain types of hydrocephalus according to the diagnosis of a neurosurgeon.
A neurosurgeon is a specialist in hydrocephalus. If according to the results of interviews, physical examinations, and examinations by a neurosurgeon, it shows that your child needs to be monitored for 2 months, then you should follow it because he is the one who examined your child directly. In addition, the doctor's steps are in accordance with the theory that in an asymptomatic state, such as at this time, it does not require surgery, but still needs to be monitored for symptoms that show increased pressure, such as: headache, vomiting, fussiness, an enlarged head, until seizures. If you find these signs, immediately take them to your doctor.
The most important thing is to closely monitor the condition of the child and regular control to the doctor according to his recommendations. That's all, hopefully it's useful.
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