Q. Unborn baby is diagnosed with hydrocephaly in the 34th week. Kindly advise.

Answered by
Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M

Hello doctor,

Our unborn baby is diagnosed with hydrocephaly in the 34th week (now). We were totally shocked because the doctors in the clinic said that this disease must have been detected much earlier (where we live). Unfortunately, on the ultrasonic image the ventricles can be seen filled with a fluid almost entirely. We were told three times that the baby has got a very bad prognosis and yet we still do not know anything. We will have an MR scan in a week and my spouse is going to have a CS in the 37th week and she is very anxious. What can we expect?

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Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

MBBS., DCH
Child Health Paediatrics

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Please do not be so anxious. A pediatrician and a pediatric neurosurgeon opinion should be taken for the same. TORCH infection needs to be ruled out in both the mother and the baby. If all is well and baby is born, a ventriculoperitoneal shunt operation may be done (based on MRI brain of the new born baby) for the baby to drain the excess fluid. Another possibility would be a vein of Galen malformation, but that would be diagnosed only after the child is born.

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