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Is there a cure for hydrocephalus?

Aria Fallah, MD
Neurosurgery
Hydrocephalus has no cure, but 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 blockage is successfully removed, the child will require follow-up appointments to monitor his or her cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels and the possibility exists that they will need more surgeries later on in life.
 
The most common treatment for hydrocephalus is the surgical placement of a shunt in the area of the brain with excess fluid. A shunt consists of flexible tubing that drains the fluid into another area of the body that can properly absorb it. A new and emerging treatment of hydrocephalus uses a small camera to make an internal connection in the brain to allow the fluid to be absorbed without the need to place a shunt. This procedure is sometimes an excellent alternative treatment to a shunt.

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 blockage is successfully removed the child will require follow up appointments to monitor their cerebrospinal fluid levels and the possibility exists that they will need more surgeries later on in life.

The most common treatment for hydrocephalus is the surgical placement of a shunt in the area of the brain with excess fluid. A shunt consists of flexible tubing that's purpose is to drain the fluid into another area of the body that can properly absorb it. This type of treatment requires a lot of maintenance but has been a successful way of treating the life altering affects of hydrocephalus.

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