Your doctor, in addition to performing a comprehensive neurological assessment, analyzing your clinical history and symptoms, may request the following tests:
- Computed tomography.
If considered necessary:
- Lumbar puncture.
- Continuous lumbar drainage of cerebrospinal fluid and monitoring of intracranial pressure.
- Isotopic cysternography.
Before birth, hydrocephalus is detected by prenatal ultrasound.
Hydrocephalus treatment will depend on each specific case and its severity, but in general, brain surgery is required, which may consist of:
- Intracranial valve: A flexible tube is placed in the ventricular system so that the cerebrospinal fluid is absorbed in other parts of the body, such as the abdominal cavity or the heart.
- Endoscopic ventriculostomy: An endoscope that pierces the third ventricle membrane is used to open a pathway for cerebrospinal fluid to escape into the ventricular system. It is recommended for patients over two years old, depending on the case.
- Endoscopic ventriculostomy with choroid plexus cauterization: recommended for patients under two years old, in which the tissue of the choroid plexus is cauterized in order to reduce the amount of fluid that enters the ventricles.
The purpose of these surgical procedures is to keep the pressure inside the brain at normal levels, avoiding the serious complications of this condition.
At the Neurological Center, a select group of highly professional and certified doctors in the various neurological specialties are ready to assist you with the quality and warmth that characterizes us.
Our mission is to provide you with comprehensive and multidisciplinary care programs for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of nervous system diseases, always focusing our activities on your safety.
Nervous system specialties
- Spine surgery
- Pediatric neurosurgery
- Interventional neuro-radiology