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Hydrocephalus Treatment

Hydrocephalus, sometimes referred to as hydrocephaly, is a medical condition in which too much cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the cavities of the brain. It is most often treated through surgery. This surgery is used to reduce damage to the brain caused by excessive pressure put on the brain by the excess fluid.

Commonly described as “water on the brain,” hydrocephalus should be first examined to determine which of the two available types of surgery will most benefit the patient. Shunt surgery is the surgical insertion of a drainage system to transfer some of the fluids from the brain to the abdomen or to other parts of the body. Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (EVT), the other option, is a surgery in which excess fluids are dispelled by making a hole in the brain.

People looking to have hydrocephalus treated should consult with an experienced medical professional to determine which surgical method will be best.

Unfortunately, hydrocephalus is a congenital defect that has been associated with the use of Depakote by women who are pregnant. If you have a child who was born with this defect due to the use of Depakote, speak with a lawyer from Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187 to learn more about your legal options.

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