Hydrocephalus Treatment in India
Hydrocephalus is a condition when there is a collection of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Endoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus (water collection inside brain) is done by the neurosurgeons. Hydrocephalus creates the intensity of the pressure in the skull. The increased pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid damage the brain tissues. The surgeon creates a hole in one od the ventricles in the brain to make the cerebrospinal fluid flow out.
It is commonly found in infants and adults over 60. As of now, there is no proven way to cure the hydrocephalus, however, endoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus helps to maintain the level of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Reasons for build-up of excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain Obstruction: When there is a partial obstruction in the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid. It is one of the most common problem. Poor Absorption: When there is problem with the absorption of the cerebrospinal fluid. Overproduction: As the name suggests there is more production of the cerebrospinal fluid, more than the absorption limit. .
What are symptoms of hydrocephalus in infants?
- Changes in head size
- Less sleep
What are the symptoms of hydrocephalus in older adults?
- Memory loss
- Loss of bladder control
- Poor balance
- Problem with walking
Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV)
Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV) is also known as the endoscopic treatment to cure hydrocephalus. An endoscope is used to create a puncture in the brain, so that a pathway for the flow of cerebrospinal fluid can be created.
Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy with Choroid Plexus Cauterization (ETV/CPC)
This endoscopic treatment is done with the addition of choroid plexus cauterization. The neurosurgeon burns the cauterize tissue using the choroid plexus.