Side Effects Of Hydrocephalus Surgery In Children Aged 7 Years?

.. My son is 7 years old .. On Monday, our son will have a head operation due to the impact, the results of the irritation stated that there is fluid on the head .. What is the major operation that my son will have .. How will it look for .. Thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Nurul,

Thank you for asking

Head injuries from a hard impact can cause a variety of complications, ranging from mild to severe. The presence of fluid in the head in medical terms can be interpreted as various conditions. Need to clarify first, which liquid is meant? What is this type of fluid, is it blood, cerebrospinal fluid, or something else? What are some of the complaints your child is experiencing at this time? What kind of treatment is given? And, what kind of surgery will be performed?

The very minimum information provided regarding the condition that your child is experiencing at this time makes it difficult for us to identify what is likely to happen to your child, how appropriate treatment is to be done, and what the prognosis (possibility of recovery) looks like in the future. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you consult directly with a neurosurgeon who treats your child.

Perhaps, what doctors mean by fluids in the head is hydrocephalus. This condition occurs when the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which should function to nourish the brain and protect the brain from mechanical injury, builds up, increasing the pressure inside the skull. Hydrocephalus can be influenced by many factors, including a history of head injury which can cause blockage of the ventricles where CSF circulates in the brain or also cause decreased CSF absorption due to inflammation of the brain tissue.

In children, hydrocephalus can be characterized by severe headaches, blurred or double vision, eyes looking down, drowsiness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, impaired balance and coordination, decreased appetite, seizures, difficulty controlling bowel movements, personality changes, more sensitive, decreased intelligence, and disturbances in other activities.

If it is true that what is meant is hydrocephalus, then this condition needs to be treated properly and quickly. If this condition is allowed to persist, various dangerous complications can occur, ranging from impaired intelligence, development, to physical function. Initially, the diagnosis of hydrocephalus needs to be confirmed first through a series of examinations, starting from interviews, physical and neurological examinations, and radiological examinations, such as ultrasound, MRI, CT scan. Furthermore, treatment can be done through surgery, namely for inserting a shunt that drains excess CSF in the brain to the stomach, or also performing a third ventriculostomy with the help of an endoscope. This operation is performed under general anesthesia (general anesthesia) and generally lasts about 90 minutes. Although generally classified as safe, this operation still carries a risk of complications, including infection, ventricular obstruction, and so on. A competent doctor will certainly do his best to minimize the risk of this complication. Therefore, consult directly with the neurosurgeon who treats your child.

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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