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 .
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