Liquid Like Milk During Pediatric Head Surgery?
Afternoon..my son had hydro d surgery in January 2018..after surgery his development improved..his balance was OK even able to walk 500 meters without help and a month later my son was infected until he was paralyzed and couldn’t wake up from sleep… the MRI results showed blood in the brainrn18 april 2018 my son underwent surgery again, it turns out that there is a milky fluid in the stomach area, what is the reason?? then after the vp shunt replacement surgery his legs are shaking like a tremor… will my child be able to get better? ?
Hello, thanks for your question.
Hydrocephalus is a buildup of fluid in the cavities of the brain or the so-called ventricles, which causes the ventricles to enlarge and compress the organ. Fluid that pushes the brain is at risk of causing structural and tissue damage so this condition must be treated. Treatment is through surgery which aims to remove fluid and reduce pressure in the head.
One type of surgery that is usually applied in cases of hydrocephalus is the installation of a shunt. A shunt is a tube that a surgeon inserts into the head and drains brain fluid to other parts of the body, such as the stomach. Some of the complications of shunt placement are infection, bleeding, or malfunction of the shunt itself.
From the events you describe, it is possible that the milky fluid in the abdominal area is cerebrospinal fluid that flows into the abdominal cavity. The fluid resembles milk because of the infection process. Normally, cerebrospinal fluid is colorless or clear.
Tremors are shaking movements that occur involuntarily. Tremors are neurological symptoms that can be caused by various things, including disorders of the brain. Infections that occur after the installation of the shunt may cause blockage so that cerebrospinal fluid cannot drain properly. This can cause damage or injury to brain cells, resulting in tremor symptoms.
However, of course the explanation is only an estimate and the one who knows for sure your child's medical condition is the treating doctor. For that, don't hesitate to ask for a detailed explanation about the development of your child's condition. Doctors will certainly try their best to restore your child's condition, but doctors also have limitations in their efforts to heal each patient.
For additional information, you can read articles about hydrocephalus at https://www.HealthReplies.com/hydrocephalus
That's the information I can convey, I hope it's useful.