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Treatment for Hydrocephalus - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   How can I help you
User :   my brother has a shunt in his head
User :   he is 23 and has never had any trouble with it up untill now
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details -Age: Gender: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Dependants: Yes/No
User :   yesterday he was rushed to hospital in an ambulance due to having some sort of fit
Doctor :   ok
User :   my name is XXXXXXXX im 21 from XXXXXXXX and single with two children
Doctor :   shunt in his head Why was that put in place..
User :   sorry about the spellinh he had hydrocefeles
Doctor :   ok
User :   hes been unwell for a few months now hes been vomitting very bad headaces dizzy hes balance isnt good at all
Doctor :   the possibilities could be that he had a bleed
User :   and then he had the fit yesterday but the hospital sent him home and just put him on a long waiting list for another hospital because they didnt no what was wrong with him do you have any ideas why hes getting sick
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   was any tests done?
Doctor :   did they do CT scan of head any time
User :   they did a ct but it was ok but they wernt extremly happy with it
Doctor :   could u type in the ct report
User :   the nurse said they dont no much about hydrocefeles
Doctor :   ok
User :   i dont have it with me my mum has it at her house ive searched the net for all the info i can get and it say those symptoms could be a sign of a blockage
Doctor :   Yes as the bleed has occurred then it will lead on to the Block of the vessels..
User :   ok so what do i do is there a chance he will have any more fit its just realy scarey because we thought he was going to die
User :   and he couldnt even remember having the fit is that normal
Doctor :   there are chances that he will have further fit too but the Treatment with medicines that would reduce the cerebral blood flow will help
Doctor :   That is very much normal
Doctor :   of having a Fit and not recollecting any thing.
User :   so where should we got to get him medicine the hospital here doesnt do anything for him and we are waiting to go to the melbourne hospital but there is a big waiting list if he does fit again what should i do?
Doctor :   there are medicines like Diazepam that can be given at the time of fit but in your Brothers case it will require Manitol that will reduce the cerebral blood pressure..
Doctor :   Are you there AAAAAAA
User :   they gave him morphine at the hospital
Doctor :   Is that clear or will you need further insight..
User :   yeah i will need further insight
Doctor :   that i a good Analgesic but i do not know how much of help that the Patient might have since the
Doctor :   condition in him is different..
Doctor :   ok..
User :   i just need to no everything i can so i can help my brother
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   There has been a bleed in his brain that blood will
Doctor :   Clot and that will raise the pressure and then the vomiting and the
Doctor :   Headd ache and the further sequence of events..
Doctor :   so the treatment would be..
Doctor :   Looking for ways to reduce the Raised pressure. that is by mannitol.
Doctor :   that will be the correct treatment..
User :   ok thank you so would you like me to still take him to xxxxx hospital?
Doctor :   Please fill this Feed back form I send, while I type the necessary information, say done when done.
Doctor :   Yes since the treatment there is not sufficient it would be better to take him to a better hospital
User :   ok thank you so so so much if he does fit again i roll him on his side is the correct
Doctor :   on the Left side with his..
Doctor :   left arm down and the right arm raised above..
Doctor :   let him have his face down..
User :   ok
Doctor :   that will prevent the Vomits to be regurgitated in to his Lungs..
Doctor :   hence it is essential..
Doctor :   Is there any thing else that I could help you with?
User :   no i think thats all thank you so so much i just hope my awsome brother gets better youve been fantastic thanks again
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