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Helps definitively diagnose the presence of potentially treatable hydrocephalus via a high volume lumbar puncture trial
Whereas obstructive hydrocephalus is a life-threatening neurological condition that requires immediate medical attention, nonobstructive (AKA: normal) pressure hydrocephalus results in serious complications, such as cognitive impairments, loss of bladder control and abnormal gait.
At Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants, we have experienced and highly competent neurologists to treat hydrocephalus with an accurate diagnosis and a commitment to long term management, restoring your normal brain function. We are open every weekday (Monday through Friday) to help patients living in Metro Detroit area and in Clinton Township & St. Clair Shores, MI, and surrounding areas to get the required normal pressure hydrocephalus care on time.
Hydrocephalus literally means “water on the brain.” However, medically, it is referred to as a condition that causes cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to accumulate in the ventricles (chambers) of the brain. The fluid accumulation causes ventricles to expand and swell, increasing pressure in the normal brain. If there is obstruction, then this elevates brain pressure. This condition can be either congenital (present from birth) or acquired (developed after birth), affecting both children and adults. If the fluid is accumulating without obstruction, there is no increase in pressure.
Symptoms of hydrocephalus vary depending on its mechanism i.e. obstructive vs. non-obstructive and the length of time it has been present.
Symptoms in adults with hydrocephalus may include:
Symptoms in older children include:
Adults with hydrocephalus may develop:
Symptoms in older adults may include:
We will review your symptoms and medical history then perform a physical examination to check for the characteristic findings.
We may also recommend the following tests to confirm the diagnosis:
Depending on your symptoms and severity, we may recommend any of the following surgeries to treat your hydrocephalus:
Shunt is a drainage system consisting of a long, flexible tube with a valve. One end of the tube is placed in one of the brain ventricles via a small burr hole in the skull and and the other end is tunneled under the skin to another body part (such as the abdomen) AKA a ventricular-peritoneal shunt. The tube helps drain the excess CSF to other body parts, reducing brain pressure and other symptoms. You will require ongoing care after the insertion of the shunt to monitor your brain health and ensure your shunt is functioning properly.
It involves creating a small hole in the skull, usually on the right side behind the hairline, to allow the endoscope (small video camera) and mini-surgical tools to create an opening between the ventricles or in the bottom of one of the ventricles to enable CSF to flow out of the brain.
Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants offers all-in-one care for hydrocephalus, from initial assessment to complete diagnosis and long-term treatment.
Here is what makes us our neurology clinic stand out in and around Michigan:
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Hydrocephalus is not a brain tumor, but it can be caused by a cyst or other tumor in the brain.
Hydrocephalus can cause headaches that can get worse when you wake up in the morning due to improper draining or build-up of fluid.
Hydrocephalus can occur in four ways, including Non-Communicating Hydrocephalus, Communicating Hydrocephalus, Hydrocephalus ex-vacuo as a consequence of other brain disorders and Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus.
Hydrocephalus is a condition that can be cured.
Surgical insertion of a shunt is the traditional treatment for hydrocephalus.