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Adult Hydrocephalus

Adult Hydrocephalus - How to prevent?

Adult Hydrocephalus - Causes and Risk Factors

Adult Hydrocephalus - Treatments

​Treatment depends mostly on the type of hydrocephalus and the patient's condition.

  • External Ventricular Drain (EVD)
    A drain is temporarily inserted to remove excess CSF and reduce brain pressure.
  • Shunt
    A permanent tube (shunt) may be inserted to direct CSF from the brain to other parts of the body like the abdomen for absorption (Figure 2).
    Though uncommon, shunt complications include:
    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Stroke
    • Shunt malfunction
    • Flow obstruction
    • Over or under-draining of CSF

    Generally, patients are on long-term monitoring but can go about their daily activities.

    Figure 2: A shunt inserted to direct CSF from the brain to the abdomen
  • Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV)
    Procedure to open a path in the brain cavities for CSF to flow.

Adult Hydrocephalus - Preparing for surgery

Adult Hydrocephalus - Post-surgery care

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