How long can a child live with hydrocephalus?
What is the life expectancy of a child who has hydrocephalus? Children often have a full life span if hydrocephalus is caught early and treated. Infants who undergo surgical treatment to reduce the excess fluid in the brain and survive to age 1 will not have a shortened life expectancy due to hydrocephalus.
What kinds of problems do children with hydrocephalus have?
What are the symptoms of hydrocephalus in a child?
- A full or bulging soft spot on the top of your baby’s head (fontanel)
- Increasing head size (circumference)
- Bulging eyes and not being able to look up when facing forward.
- Visible scalp veins.
- High-pitched cry.
- Poor feeding.
Can a child with hydrocephalus walk?
Many children with pediatric hydrocephalus have normal intelligence and physical development, but some may be slower to develop skills such as hand-eye coordination or learning to walk. Some may experience learning problems as they progress in school.
Is hydrocephalus considered brain damage?
Hydrocephalus is a build-up of fluid in the brain. The excess fluid puts pressure on the brain, which can damage it. If left untreated, hydrocephalus can be fatal.
What happens to a child with hydrocephalus?
Babies younger than 1 year old still have their “soft spot” because their skull bones have not fully grown together yet. In them, hydrocephalus usually leads to bulging at the soft spot, increasing head size, and large scalp veins. Older children with hydrocephalus usually complain of headache.
What increases my child’s risk for hydrocephalus?
Your child may have been born with hydrocephalus. The following can also increase his risk: Infections in the mother during pregnancy caused by bacteria or a virus. Problems during the growth of the fetus that may cause defects in the brain. Head injuries or trauma.
What is hydrocephalus in a child?
Hydrocephalus is the accumulation of too much cerebrospinal fluid inside the ventricles when the normal production and absorption of cerebrospinal fluid is disrupted. What causes hydrocephalus in children? Hydrocephalus is typically a symptom of some other problem, and a pediatric neurologist and neurosurgeon can to determine the cause.
What are the treatment options for hydrocephalus in children?
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What can we learn from adult outcome studies of Pediatric Hydrocephalus?
Adult outcome of pediatric hydrocephalus. has enabled clinical studies with sufficient power to address important clinical questions and to provide a platform to standardise care across institutions. These efforts have already resulted in both lower infection rates