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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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