Sunday, 20 October 2013
Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week 2013 day 3- My Symptoms When Things Went Wrong Plus Useful Definitions
So far I've written about my birth and how I came to have Hydrocephalus as well as the operations I had. Today I want to introduce you to some key terminology relating to shunts and hydrocephalus.. Anyone who has hydrocephalus is also very familiar with the terms shunt "blockage" shunt "failure" and shunt "fracture" .
A shunt blockage occurs when the shunt is blocked with something , or when too much Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up in an area of the catheter (or tubing) the CSF flows through. shunt "failure" is when the shunt stops working, and shunt fracture is when the catheter gets damaged .
I have had experience of all three of these problems with my shunt over the years .
When I was 6, my parents noticed I had symptoms of really bad headaches and vomiting, so I was taken to hospital by them. Once there, my brain and abdomen were examined via a CT scan. That didn't show anything so they did another one., which showed the catheter had become detached from the pressure valve and was lying , useless, in my brain .That's an example of a fracture I had failures and blockages at other times but can't remember how old I was at the time. I know about what happened when I was 6 as it's in my medical history and my dad has told me.
I felt so Ill, and the headaches and nausea were so intense I couldn't concentrate at school.