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Question: hydrocephalus


 sman - Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:36 pm

my son is 18mnths old. he recently had a ct scan that says he has enlarged lateral ventricles and enlarged 3rd ventricle, and moderate narrowing of the aqueduct, suggesting a degree of aqueduct stenosis. his head size is over the 100 percentile, though his head was always been around the 97% since birth. his development is within the normal range but certanily on the slower end of normal. he is not speaking, although understands everything. he also has fused sutures on the left side of his skull. am seeing a neurosurgeon but not for another month. do you think it is probable surgery will occur or will the situation be monitored?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Aug 13, 2007 6:56 pm

User avatar Hi Sman,

This situation definitely needs a full evaluation. It is quite possible that a shunt may be needed to relieve the pressure in the brain caused by the aquaductal stenosis. Your neurosurgeon will discuss the benefits and risks of the shunt and its placement. This way you can make an informed decision.

I would also recommend your son see a neurologist and possibly a geneticist to see if there is an underlying cause of the craniosynostosis (fused suture) and the hydrocephalus.

Follow up with your doctors is very important.

Best wishes.

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