Understanding Hydrocephalus

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At his private practice, Dr. Ilyas Munshi, a board-certified neurosurgeon, cares for people with hydrocephalus as well as a variety of other spine and brain issues. A physician active in his specialist community, Dr. Ilyas Munshi belongs to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Hydrocephalus is a serious condition wherein cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) accumulates in the ventricles of the brain. CSF plays a key role in protecting and nourishing the brain and other nervous tissues, but if the fluid is not kept in proper balance, it can exert undue pressure on the brain and cause permanent tissue damage.

Doctors see hydrocephalus in patients ranging from new born infants to the elderly. Symptoms of the condition include headaches, vision problems, loss of balance, memory issues, and nausea. If hydrocephalus goes undiagnosed or untreated, it often results in the patient’s death.

Modern treatments for CSF accumulation in the brain frequently involve surgically inserting a shunt to help the liquid drain, thus reducing pressure on the brain tissue. The treatment is effective for many, allowing them to recover and live a normal life.


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