The Wonderful World of Hydrocephalus: Part 5, Shunt Malfunctions

John Holter, Wife, and Son

Shall we start with a wee-bit of history. It’s just so interesting. To be brief, a guy had a son. The son was born with hydrocephalus. The father was an engineer and invented the shunt in order to save his son’s life. Unfortunately, his son passed away before they “perfected” the shunt. But his passion to … Continue reading

The Wonderful World of Hydrocephalus: Part 4, How Shunts Work

How Shunts Work

Shunts. One of two ways to control hydrocephalus and the most common. – – – – – – – – – – – – The quick version. A flexible 1/8″ in diameter tube (ventricular catheter)–usually made of Silastic plastic well tolerated by body tissue–is placed into the CSF system via the ventricles, and diverts the flow of … Continue reading

The Wonderful World of Hydrocephalus: Part 3, How Hydrocephalus Works

How Hydrocephalus Works

Let’s begin with your central nervous system. Your brain and spinal cord form your central nervous system. Your central nervous system protects your skull and vertebrae. Between the skull and vertebrae are membranes (meninges) that surround your brain and spinal cord. This space, the subarachnoid space, is where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flows. CSF is basically salt … Continue reading

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hydrocephalus: Part 2, The Basics

Ellisa During a Shunt Malfunction

Let’s cover the basics* this week: What is hydrocephalus? Also known as “water in the brain,” hydrocephalus is a medical condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles, or cavities, of the brain. Is there a treatment for it? Yes, there are two types of treatment, both of which require surgical procedures by a … Continue reading