How To Treat Fetuses Aged 7 Months Diagnosed With Hydrocephalus?
Our potential baby who is 7 months old in the womb was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, could it be true? Is there a way to cure it before birth? Trimaksih
Thank you for the question.
Hydrocephalus is a condition in which the ventricular cavity in the brain is filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF, cerebrospinal fluid), which is a fluid in the brain whose function is to protect the brain from injury, get rid of the rest of the brain's metabolism, while maintaining blood pressure in the brain. In infants, this condition can cause ventricular size to enlarge, so that the head also enlarges due to the crown that has not closed. Furthermore, hydrocephalus can suppress the structure of the brain around it, causing the baby to be stunted growth and development, experience seizures, anxiety, nausea, frequent drowsiness, difficulty feeding, difficulty eating, and many other complaints. In some conditions, hydrocephalus can indeed be detected since the baby has not been born.
Hydrocephalus can occur due to a blockage in the ventricular cavity, impaired absorption, or excessive CSF production. In fetuses, this condition is often caused by abnormal development of the nervous system, bleeding in the ventricles (often occurs in fetuses born prematurely), or also the presence of uterine infections during pregnancy (for example by rubella or syphilis).
Unfortunately, although it can be detected since the fetus is still in the womb, hydrocephalus can only be handled after the baby is born. As for providing this treatment, obstetricians usually will coordinate with pediatricians after childbirth. The types of treatment available also vary, depending on the cause, severity, and health condition of the baby in general, with a third shunt or ventriculostomy.
It is better to discuss further with your obstetrician regarding the best treatment procedures that need to be done later ..
I hope this helps.