What Is Hydrocephalus?
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Hydrocephalus is a type of birth injury, usually diagnosed immediately, that affects physical and cognitive development. The condition is caused by an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid on the brain, putting harmful pressure on brain tissue. If that fluid build-up is the result of brain trauma, bleeding, or infection, it may be that medical malpractice played a part in your infant’s injuries.
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Signs & Symptoms of Hydrocephalus
Symptoms of Hydrocephalus can range from mild to severe, depending on the child. In some cases, babies with hydrocephalus don’t experience many negative effects because the elasticity of their skull enables the skull to expand and the cerebrospinal fluid to flow normally. Other babies are not so fortunate.
Symptoms include the following:
- Larger than normal head
- Rapid increase in head growth
- Bulging soft spot
- Eyes that tend to flex downward
- High pitched cry
In the most severe cases, hydrocephalus may cause comas. Hydrocephalus must be diagnosed by either an ultrasound, CT scan, MRI scan, or another neurological exam.
Treatment for Hydrocephalus
Hydrocephalus is generally treated with the surgical insertion of a shunt, catheter, or valve to redirect the extra fluid from the brain to other parts of the body. Shunts work well, but can also lead to infections, obstructions, mechanical failure, and the need for further surgeries. Additionally, if the shunt drains too much fluid, blood vessels may tear, while an under-draining shunt can cause a re-emergence of hydrocephalus symptoms.
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In addition to surgical treatments, many babies with hydrocephalus work with occupational therapists, pediatric psychologists, and educational experts to help progress through daily life. With timely, appropriate treatment, your baby can have a positive outcome. Without proper or timely care, your baby could suffer paralysis or even death.
If you think your baby's hydrocephalus diagnosis was the result of your doctor's failure to treat an infection or mishandling of birthing complications, our team at Arnold & Itkin can discuss your case in a confidential consultation today. Our Houston birth injury attorneys understand the difficulties you face and will work tirelessly on your child's behalf to secure they are cared for now and in the future.
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