Hydrocephalus so the panic kind of set in for me she was filling me in, and this will be fine and then the pediatrician was like all right we’ll get you a specialist we’ll go meet them, and then fell into dr. Quincy’s arms and she took care of everythinghydrocephalus is fluid accumulation we all have brain fluid and we resorb it we produce it and resorb it every day and in children, there are certain conditions in which they don’t resort to their own fluid.
That’s hydrocephalus and it can be for a variety of reasons and we talk about the surgical options one of which is to put its hardware which is a shunt which is a little tube but goes in the fluid space of the brain connected to a valve to regulate the flow and then it’s tunneled under the skin and goes into the belly space so that the fluid can be absorbed there and I worked really well it’s been done for years the issue is that it’s a physical system and so it can clog the other surgical treatment is to create a new passageway for fluid is called an e TV.
An endoscopic third ventricular a STEMI and that’s where I take a scope and create anew passageway for fluid and the fluid spaces so that it can be resorbed a different way and that’s pretty commonly done and has been around for a really long time and works maybe about half the time and kids something called CPC which is cordplexus cauterization and that’s where we will give heat to and sort of burn the tissues inside the fluid spaces the ventricle you don’t actually need this tissue.
When you combine that with ETV it’s about seventy percent successful treating hydrocephalus without being efficient and so I’m I heard dad I was like oh my gosh that’s amazing like tell me more than she only I want to say one of a handful of doctors around the world that do the procedure and she’s right here in our backyard it’s pretty impressive mm-hmm I automatically upon meeting her and figure you know her telling us what was going on and everything felt that ease that 45 minutes of surgery was the roughest of our lives felt like to know.
Our kid was having brain surgery Imean I’ve never had brain surgery and this kid right here is it’s already again aren’t you everything went really beautifully for him surgery went really well he recovered really really well and his head’s been growing appropriately and the shape has is much more normal-looking he’s a handsome kid and yeah he’s a really great success immediately after surgery he acted like nothing happened each of his scans has been clean he’s hitting his milestones and everything so it’s been very positive.
Kind of comforting experience in the end what the coolest thing about it just that everybody thinks that in a resource-poor environment like in sub-Saharan Africa that we need to go there and teach them things right that like we have all the fancy things in America and we’re gonna bring them elsewhere what was really cool about this is that this was developed out of a need and that American doctors now go there to learn from them and I think we can learn a lot from them just because they treat so much more hydrocephalus they’re UNC babies for life.
Hydrocephalus is a condition that involves the build-up of cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF, a fluid that is produced in the cavities of the brain known as the ventricles. CSF flows through and around the brain and spinal cord and is eventually absorbed into the bloodstream. It serves a number of functions including acting as a cushion, delivering nutrients, and removing harmful substances. Hydrocephalus can occur due to excess production of CSF, impaired reabsorption of CSF into the bloodstream, or a blockage in the ventricularsystem that causes CSF to accumulate.
Hydrocephalus is mainly classified as either communicating or non-communicating. Communicating hydrocephalus does not involve a blockage in the ventricular system. Non-communicating hydrocephalus involves blockage and is the most common cause of hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus can be present at birth or it can be acquired later in life. When CSF accumulates in the ventricles, this causes the brain to become enlarged. The increased brain size can lead to increased pressure in the skull, which can lead to the compression of the brain and a variety of symptoms.
some of which may be life-threatening, When hydrocephalus occurs in infants, their skull is more capable of expanding, so their heads often become enlarged but there may be more time before the onset of other symptoms. In adults, however, the skull does not generally expand, and symptoms may appear more quickly. Treatment for hydrocephalus involves an attempt to drain the excess CSF, and often this involves using a cerebral shunt. A cerebral shunt is a plastic tube connected to a catheter.
One end of the catheter is placed at the site of increased pressure in the ventricles and the other is often placed in the lining of the abdominal cavity. CSF is diverted to the abdominal cavity, where it can safely drain. What is hydrocephalus, what are the symptoms, and how is it treated? We’ll learn the answers to each of these questions and more. Let’s get started! Hydrocephalus is a neurological condition characterized by the accumulation of excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.
It can be caused by various neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, as well as a number of other factors including birth defects, injury, or infection. Hydrocephalus causes the ventricles of the brain to expand, which can put potentially harmful pressure on the surrounding tissues. Now let’s read at the different types of hydrocephalus. There are many different types of hydrocephalus. The condition can either be congenital, in which it occurs at birth or acquired, in which it develops following birth.
However, it is important to note that there many other forms of hydrocephalus, which can affect individuals in a variety of different ways. Watch this week’s vlog to learn more about the different types of hydrocephalus. So, what are the symptoms of hydrocephalus? The symptoms and prognosis of hydrocephalus vary from person to person, depending on their exact diagnosis. Common symptoms of hydrocephalus include head enlargement, drowsiness, fever, vomiting, loss of motor function, and seizures.
Hydrocephalus can affect both one’s cognitive and physical development, and it can cause serious complications, which may require long-term care. So, how is hydrocephalus treated? Types of treatment vary from person to person, depending on their exact needs. However, hydrocephalus is mainly treated using shunts – artificial devices used to help regulate the flow of bodily fluids. It is because of treatments like these that hydrocephalus can be easily managed, and patients with the condition are able to live full and healthy lives.