Living With Hydrocephalus
- Q How do I manage hydrocephalus on a daily basis?
Daily management strategies will vary depending on the severity of your hydrocephalus and the treatments you have received. It is very important to monitor the symptoms of hydrocephalus on a daily basis; any dramatic change in physical or mental... Full Answer
- Q Is there a cure for hydrocephalus?
While hydrocephalus has no cure there are treatments that allow those affected to lead fairly normal lives with the condition. In some cases, it is possible for the blockage that is causing the fluid to build in the brain to be surgically removed. If the... Full Answer
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with hydrocephalus?
When caring for someone with hydrocephalus, it is very important to monitor the symptoms of hydrocephalus on a daily basis. Any dramatic change in physical or mental capabilities could signal a problem and require immediate medical treatment. If the... Full Answer
- Q How do I care for an older adult with acquired hydrocephalus?
Acquired hydrocephalus can affect anyone at any age after birth and is caused by other conditions such as stroke or tumors. If you are caring for an older adult with acquired hydrocephalus, they are already being treated for the trauma or disease... Full Answer
- Q How does hydrocephalus affect my quality of life?
Hydrocephalus can affect your cognitive and physical abilities, which can impact your quality of life. Children may experience learning disabilities, behavioral impairment, and physical disabilities. Adults with hydrocephalus may have difficulty walking,... Full Answer
- Q How do I manage acquired hydrocephalus on a daily basis?
Since acquired hydrocephalus is treated with surgical procedures, this condition does not necessarily require daily treatment. Children who are treated for acquired hydrocephalus with a shunt may need additional surgeries to insert new shunts to... Full Answer
- Q What is the life expectancy of someone who has hydrocephalus?
Children often have a full life span if hydrocephalus is caught early and treated. Infants who undergo surgical treatment to reduce the excess fluid in the brain and survive to age one will not have a shortened life expectancy due to hydrocephalus.... Full Answer
- Q Are there any coping resources for someone with hydrocephalus?
Coping resources for people and families affected by hydrocephalus can be found through hospitals, government services, and hydrocephalus organizations. Some hospitals often offer therapy groups for coping and can help you get in-home support. Government... Full Answer