Manantiel - posted on 09/28/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )




My daughter is 10 years old and I just now found out she has a severe case of hydrocephalus I just found out that she was born with it and never had any symptoms of hydrocephalus. She fell and hit her head about 5 months ago and for 2 days complained about her head hurting so I took her in and she had a CT which confirmed she had severe hydrocephalus she is going for surgery in 2 days to get a VP shunt my question is is this necessary for her to have this surgery if she isn't having any symptoms yet.


Sarah - posted on 09/28/2015




If she has been completely asymptomatic for 10 years I find it odd that surgery would be indicated. The best advice I can give you is go to a good pediatric neurosurgeon and ask for a second opinion. Take copies of her whole chart so she doesn't have to have repeat exams. Or, you can go back to the doctor you are presently seeing and ask more questions. Until you feel comfortable with the decision and understand exactly why they advise it at his time. Good Luck!

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