Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus

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Hydrocephalus can be treated in a variety of ways (including directly and indirectly), however the most common method is indirectly by surgically inserting a shunt system which diverts the CSF to another body cavity where it can be absorbed as part of the normal circulatory process. Once inserted, the shunt system usually remains in place for the duration of a patient's life and shunt revisions are sometimes necessary. If directly treated, the cause of the CSF obstruction is surgically removed. In some cases, two procedures are performed, one to divert the CSF, and another a later stage to remove the cause of the obstruction (such as a brain tumor) if possible.

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