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Hydrocephalus is a condition in which the level of water in the brain (cerebrospinal fluid) surpasses the normal level within the skull and presses against the brain, possibly causing severe symptoms. Normally, cerebrospinal fluid is found in the ventricles of the brain. Therefore, if these ventricles start to dilate, the diagnosis is clear. The operational therapy for hydrocephalus depends on the reasons for the increased quantity of the fluid in the ventricles. There is no possibility to discuss all the reasons and respective therapies here, but generally, we can say that draining the cerebrospinal fluid is carried out either by an endoscope operation or by implanting a shunt. A shunt is a thin, flexible pipe under the skin that leads the surplus “brain water” to other parts of the body such as the abdominal cavity where it can be absorbed without any problem.  Both operations are routinely carried out with great certainty, and there is almost no mark on the outer part of the skull after the surgery. Since every patient is different, each one receives individual operational consideration. Anyone having specific questions should not hesitate to visit our specialist consultancy webpage


Hydrocephalic skull on a CT picture: normal brain ventricle– dilated brain ventricle

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