Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus, meaning water on the brain, is when fluid builds (or cerebrospinal fluid CSF) up in the skull. This fluid build-up puts a lot of pressure on the brain, resulting in brain swelling. Genetic abnormality, rubella, congenital disabilities, meningitis, head trauma, brain bleed, and central nervous system tumors can cause hydrocephalus.

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Does the status of acoustic neuroma keep changing?

Query: Hello doctor,A few years back, it was found that I had an acoustic neuroma. It was 27.7 X 1.6 X 1.8 cm. I was offered surgery or Gamma Knife. I elected to have the Gamma Knife in the month of June. Things were fine until a year later. It was then found I had developed water in the brain and had a no...  Read Full »


Dr. Chirag Solanki

General Surgeon, Neuro Surgeon, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Acoustic neuroma causes the water in the brain by two mechanisms. One is direct pressure based on size, and another by increasing protein content in water. It is difficult to predict or state the exact percentage if somebody would be dependent on the shunt, but on av...  Read Full »

Can an arachnoid cyst be misdiagnosed?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an MRI today, and the report came back saying I have a congenital arachnoid cyst at the mid posterior fossa. I had a brain MRI about a year ago, and there was no cyst. Should I be concerned, and what should I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Gursimran

Neurologist

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Sorry to hear about your problems and I have few questions to ask. What kind of symptoms do you have? Do you have headaches, vomiting, weight loss? Usually, congenital cyst does not grow and are harmless. They do not require treatment until there is a lot of headache or ...  Read Full »

Does hydrocephalus always require surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, This is regarding my mother, and she is 84 years old. She was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus. We have been advised to get surgery done to fix a ventricular catheter into the cerebral ventricles to bypass the flow obstruction or malfunctioning arachnoid granulations and drain the excess flu...  Read Full »


Dr. Varun Chaudhry

Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your request. Yes, from the attached report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), there appears to be hydrocephalus and dilated ventricles. There are additional age-related changes. There is also an old infarct in the left occipital r...  Read Full »

What are the other treatment options for my grandmother's brain hemorrhage?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandmother is 90 years old. She had a brain hemorrhage two days back. She is in ICU. She is unconscious from the last two days. There is toe movement and sometimes, there are some leg movements. She has high blood pressure. The doctors in my place are saying nothing can be done. W...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Neurologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your grandmother seems to be having primary intraventricular hemorrhage with hydrocephalus. At the age of 90 years, definitely the prognosis is likely to be poor. But still, hope should be kept. In such condition, the next treatment option can be EVD- external ventricula...  Read Full »

I have a bearable headache after hospitalization. Is it due to meningoencephalitis?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient is a 28 year old male. His weight is 56 kg and height is 6 feet. He was an assistant Professor in an Engineering college. For around five days, He had a heavy unbearable headache, high fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, lost consciousness and had a single episode of seizure o...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Neurologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per given history and reports, it seems that the patient had meningoencephalitis. The probable cause for which may be tuberculosis. MRI also showed granulomas in the brain and the patient is currently on four drug ATT (antituberculosis treatment) with oral steroids....  Read Full »

How common is CSF leak after shunt surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, My sister-in-law have surgery shunt in brain for hydrocephalus conditon before two weeks and she was unconcious. But now they suggest surgery for CSF leak. We are very confused what should we do? Is it possible to have CSF leak after shunt surgery? Kindly revert soon.  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Patil

Neuro Surgeon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I feel sorry for all the pain your sister in law is going through. Hydrocephalus is a difficult problem to treat. The complication which are seen your sister in law case are very common in these type of patients. I would suggest you to follow your doctors (neurosu...  Read Full »

Why does my father keep having unconcious episodes?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 55 years old. He is good in terms of his health and weight. He recently had a large AVM rupture and he was flown to the nearest hospital. He had a craniotomy to remove AVM and the ICH caused a large stroke. He was left paralyzed on his right side with the capability to speak,...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajyaguru

Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. When the cortical damage is widespread, the consciousness is impaired. Your father has come out from the deep unconsciousness, he is recovering now. During recovery, this sort of episodes are common and gradually the frequency of this episode would come down. Other factor...  Read Full »

Why is my baby's head so big?

Query: Hi doctor, I was blessed with twin baby girls before three months. It was a premature C-section at 36th week. At birth, one of my baby head size was 33 cm. After some days, it was 36.5 cm. So, the doctor was surprised and sent for an ultrasound scan. I have attached the first report of the scan. It ...  Read Full »


Dr. J Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist, Spine Health Specialist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help you. The head circumference of 40.5 cm at 8 weeks of age is definitely abnormal. In addition to that, the scan report (attachment removed to protect patient identity) clearly ...  Read Full »

I have visual disturbance and tingling. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I caught Lyme disease two months ago. I had a 7 hour long vomiting session with it. Since then, I have had tingling in my arms, legs, hands and feet. A month ago, I started having kaleidoscope vision, followed by a medium headache. This is now happening three or more times a week and las...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajyaguru

Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your symptoms well. Very high likely that your Chiari malformation with syrinx is giving you the trouble again. This time with hydrocephalus as well. Your symptoms are quite significant and points at syrinx progression with hydrocephalus. Clinically, I do not...  Read Full »

Is headache a symptom of venous aneurysm?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a 8 x 12 mm sac type aneurysm on the vein of Galen. I am 50 years old and otherwise in a good health. I have had bad headaches and nausea for about seven months. It led MRV and that found the aneurysm. I know the risks of an arterial aneurysm rupturing, but do venous ones rupture? ...  Read Full »


Dr. J Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist, Spine Health Specialist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is a very rare anomaly. Dilatation of entire vein is more common. Theoretically, there is a risk of rupture. But, in practice the most common complications are hydrocephalus and cardiac problems. You have not indicated whether the scan revealed hydrocephalus or not. ...  Read Full »

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