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Hydrocephalus

What is Cerebro-Spinal Fluid (CSF)?

The Cerebro-Spinal Fluid (CSF) is a liquid circulating in the Central Nervous System (CNS). It has an important role of protection and of shock absorber for the brain. The CSF is a clear fluid that looks like water and bathes the CNS.

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What is hydrocephalus?

The word Hydrocephalus comes from two classical Greek words: húdôr which means “water" and kephalě which means “head". The term Hydrocephalus indicates excess of fluid within the cranium. Different symptoms result from this excess.

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How is hydrocephalus diagnosed?

Different diagnostic tools are available to diagnose hydrocephalus. Physical examination or medical test can be performed by the neurosurgeon.

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What are the treatments for hydrocephalus?

Several medical or surgical treatments are available to regulate CSF flow, relieve pain and correct disorders.

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What is a CSF shunt?

A CSF shunt creates an alternative pathway for CSF to bypass an obstruction to CSF flow or a bad absorption of CSF. There are three components in a shunt that can be completed with one or two accessories.

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What is the surgical procedure to treat hydrocephalus with a CSF shunt?

This part detailed the different steps of a shunt surgery.

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My life with a CSF shunt

A normal daily life is possible with a CSF shunt: sports, activities, travel... However, a specific medical follow-up is needed for every patient with a CSF shunt.

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