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Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is a build-up of fluid on the brain which causes damage. The build-up of fluid can cause headaches, sickness, blurry vision and difficulty walking. If your child experiences any of these symptoms take them to A&E straight away as hydrocephalus is a medical emergency and needs medical attention straight away.

Hydrocephalus is treated by an operation. A shunt could be used, which is a tube which drains away the excess fluid to another area of the body, such as the abdomen where it is absorbed by the blood and removed. Another type of surgery is Endoscopic third ventriculostomy, which involves a neurosurgeon making a whole in the floor of the brain to allow the fluid to drain away and be absorbed.

Even when the excessive pressure on the brain has been removed physiotherapy is still needed as the damage can cause symptoms that need to be addressed such as poor balance and walking difficulty. Our physiotherapists at Manchester Neuro Physio can carry out a full assessment identifying your weakness and strengths and then develop a treatment plan accordingly.