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Water on the Brain Treatments


Treatment may include:

  • Shunt placement (ventriculoperitoneal shunt)—In this surgical procedure, a shunt (a tube system that is implanted into the brain) allows excess CSF to drain into another area, usually the abdomen. Sometimes a temporary extraventricular drain (EVD) is placed.
  • Third ventriculostomy—This surgical procedure creates a hole in an area of the brain. It allows the CSF to flow out of the area where it is accumulating.
  • Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)—This involves the insertion of a needle between the lumbar vertebrae in the back to remove excess CSF.
  • Medications—In some cases, medications, such as acetazolamide (Diamox) and furosemide (Lasix), may decrease the production of CSF.

If you are diagnosed with hydrocephalus, follow your doctor's instructions .

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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