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The Daners of Hydrocephalus and a Shunt Malfunction

Fluid accumulation in some areas of the body leads to only minimal problems. This is certainly not the case when cerebrospinal fluid collects in the brain, however. This fluid helps the brain function properly, but too much leads to a condition called hydrocephalus, or as it is sometimes called, "water on the brain." Excess fluid causes the brain to swell and push against the skull, which creates a serious medical situation. Doctors must treat hydrocephalus in a timely manner to relieve the pressure within the skull and avoid complications. This usually involves inserting a VP shunt to drain the fluid.

When medical staff members make mistakes, the consequences can last a lifetime. As the information below shows, the risks associated with hydrocephalus and shunt malfunctions are more than just minor inconveniences. For many victims of negligence and carelessness, the best course of action is to seek compensation in a court of law to deal with the fallout of hospital errors. If you'd like to consult with an attorney, Anapol Schwartz can assist you.

The Dangers of a Shunt Malfunction

The primary purpose of a shunt is to address hydrocephalus and its associated symptoms. The shunt drains fluid from the brain and transports it into the abdominal cavity where it won't cause damage. Shunts can malfunction because they are blocked, are infected, are draining fluid too quickly or aren't draining fluid fast enough. The primary dangers are brain hemorrhages (associated with draining fluid too quickly) and a recurrence of hydrocephalus and its associated symptoms.

The Dangers of Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus often occurs along with other medical conditions such as spina bifida. If left untreated, hydrocephalus poses significant health risks to individuals. Some of the problems hydrocephalus can cause include the following:

  • Headache and fever
  • Breathing problems
  • Incontinence
  • Slow than average growth (in children)
  • Memory problems
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Intellectual impairments
  • Physical disability
  • Brain damage
  • Coma or death if the condition is left untreated

Contacting a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If your shunt malfunctioned or your doctor failed to properly address your hydrocephalus symptoms, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. We can tell you more about the types of damages for which you may qualify and the reasons you should hold the medical staff that endangered your health and well-being accountable for their actions. Contact us at Anapol Schwartz today.

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