What Causes Hydrocephalus Which Is Pus In The Form Of Fluid?

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Tonight doctor, I want to ask, my child is 43 days old diagnosed with hydrocephalus, 3 weeks ago has been operated on, extra drainage hose not vp shunt is installed, said the doctor put a hose to get out of the pus first, approximately after the pus has run out, is the child I will be operated again for the installation of vp shunt or if the pus is gone, is there any chance that my child will recover without hydrocephalus again?

1 Answer:

Hello Sisri, Thank you for the question.


Have you consulted further with the specialist doctor who treats your child?


Hydrocephalus is a buildup of fluid in the brain cavity, causing an increase in pressure in the brain. Brain fluid is produced by the brain and absorbed by blood vessels. Hydrocephalus occurs when the production and absorption of this fluid is disrupted. Some of the causes of hydrocephalus in children are:

brain hemorrhage
infection during pregnancy
impaired brain and spinal development thus blocking the flow of cerebrospinal fluid

The presence of pus indicates a bacterial infection. Installation of the hose is done to remove pus so that it does not continue to be a source of infection and does not interfere with brain function. Usually the doctor will also give antibiotics to deal with bacterial infections. A ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VP shunt) is a tube that connects the brain cavity and the abdominal cavity so that excess brain fluid can be channeled to the stomach so that it does not interfere with the brain. VP shunt placement will usually be needed if after the infection is handled your child still experiences excess brain fluid caused by other conditions. Therefore, you should wait for this healing process and continue to discuss with doctors who treat your child who better understand your child's current condition. If indeed the cause of hydrocephalus is only due to infection and can be handled properly, chances are your child will not experience hydrocephalus again. But if in addition to infection found other conditions, of course the condition of hydrocephalus can still occur. You should continue to discuss with the doctor who treats your child if you have further questions, so you get the right explanation.


Hopefully this information is useful.

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