The Child’s Head Is Getting Bigger After Hydrocephalus Treatment?
Evening, my son is 6 months old, recently had his shunt surgery replaced and it was the 4th operation, and the shunt was installed smaller, now my son’s head is just so big, it doesn’t look like there is a lot of fluid in the drain the channel is small so that it accumulates at the end of the head a bulge appears, now the distance of the skull that has not been fused is 4 fingers. which is my question,rnIs it not already installed, there should be visible shrinkage on Y’s head?rnIs my child’s head still able to stick together so that there is no gap in his head?
Good Evening Mrs. Weli Diana,
Thanks for asking on the HealthReplies.com forum.
Hydrocephalus is a buildup of fluid in the brain cavity (ventricles) so that the size of the head becomes enlarged. One treatment for hydrocephalus is to install a tube that can drain the fluid from the ventricles to the peritoneum (abdominal membrane), this tube is known as a VP shunt. It's true, if the tube has been installed, you should see a reduction in the size of the head, but it's the Doctor who judges this. You should discuss it directly with the doctor who treats your child, so that the doctor can directly evaluate and explain the current condition of your child.
Signs of a blocked VP shunt can include an enlarged head, fussy children, headaches, vomiting, drowsiness, confusion, or even coma. Therefore monitoring by parents and doctors is very important to overcome it as soon as possible.
Regarding the "fusion" of the skull bones, normally and generally in children, the crown will fuse at about 20 months of age. Actually the new fontanel closes at the age of about 20 months aims to provide space for the brain to develop. However, if you are worried, you can discuss this with the doctor who takes care of your child, because he is the one who has examined your child directly who can determine whether your child's growth and development is in accordance with his age.
So hopefully it can help.