The Cause Of Frequent Vomiting In People With Hydrocephalus?

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is it true that people with hydrocephalus vomiting often means that the tube is clogged?

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Hello Key, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

First of all I want to confirm beforehand, what do you mean by a tube is a VP shunt tube that is inserted as a hydrocephalus therapy?


If so, then it is true that vomiting can be one of the symptoms indicating a blockage of the VP shunt. The following are some of the symptoms of blockage in VP shunt besides vomiting:

headache
visual disturbances
feeling tired quickly
unstable emotion
personality changes
impaired body movement coordination and balance disorders
loss of consciousness
redness or swelling along the VP shunt line
etc

However, vomiting can also be caused by other things that may not be related to obstruction of your VP shunt. These are some of the other things that can cause vomiting:

gastrointestinal infections and food poisoning
intestinal obstruction (for example due to constipation, tumors, intestinal inflammation, diverticulitis, etc.)
digestive enzyme disorders (for example due to lactose intolerance, disturbances in the bile or pancreas)
disorders of the stomach (eg gastritis, peptic ulcer, GERD)
other causes, such as migraine headaches, vertigo, meningitis or encephalitis, liver and kidney disorders, etc.


If indeed you experience vomiting continuously, you should check with your doctor first. Your doctor will dig deeper into your other symptoms to determine whether your vomiting is really caused by a blockage in the VP shunt or caused by something else. The doctor can also perform a physical examination and other supporting examinations (such as a CT scan or MRI) to confirm the diagnosis.


You should do your examination immediately if you experience other symptoms such as fever, severe headache, other neurological disorders such as visual disturbances, impaired motor coordination, especially if you experience impaired consciousness (starting to be drowsy and sleeping on).

So much information from me, hopefully it will be enough to answer


dr. irna cecilia

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