How To Treat Hydrocephalus?
Afternoon, my sister-in-law has had a headache twice a week, has been diagnosed by a doctor, she said hydrocephalus, how to treat it? Can I do a CT scan?
Hello, thanks for the question.
Hydrocephalus is a disease where there is a buildup of fluid in the brain cavity, this buildup can suppress the structure and function of the brain so that the brain can not work optimally. In children, because the sutures / connections between the head bones have not been fused strongly, then if there is a buildup of fluid in the head cavity, the head will be enlarged to adjust to the conditions that occur, whereas in adults the sutures have fused strongly so that if there is an increase in the cavity head, will suppress the structure of the brain so that it can cause brain damage, usually characterized by severe headaches. Fluid in the brain cavity is normally present, but the amount is not excessive, this fluid is a cerebrospinal fluid that serves to protect the brain from injury, keep the brain afloat in its position, cleanse wastes from brain metabolism, and prevent changes in pressure on the brain. . Some things that can trigger hydrocephalus include:
Impaired cerebrospinal fluid absorption due to inflammation or head injury Cerebrospinal fluid flow is obstructed due to nervous system abnormalities. Fetal infection while still in the womb that causes inflammation of the fetal brain tissue. Bleeding in the brain. Brain tumor. Stroke. etc. To ensure the disease and subsequent treatment to be carried out, it is advisable to consult a neurologist, the doctor will conduct question and answer, physical examination includes physical signs, coordination and balance checks, sensory examination, and examination of muscle conditions (tone, strength, and reflexes) ). Additional tests that can be done such as blood tests, CT scans, MRI, and ultrasound. Treatment will be tailored to the cause and clinical condition of the patient. The main treatment for patients with hydrocephalus is a surgical procedure to remove excess fluid in the brain, for example with a shunt fitting operation, a tube that is inserted into the head to drain fluid to other parts of the body and is absorbed by blood vessels. To reduce complaints, you should continue to eat healthy and nutritious foods, adequate fluids, adequate rest, and avoid stress.
Thus, hopefully it helps.