Hello mrs.espo13. Welcome to healthcaremagic.com. A month is a very short time for your brother to develop these symptoms. An MRI
should have shown a tumor
or another cause like MS. Your brother's symptoms are all most likely related. There is a disease called hydrocephalus
. Hydrocephalus is defined as "water on the brain" and is more common in children than adults. However hydrocephalus is also found in adults and may occur insidiously (unknown cause) or after a brain injury
Hydrocephalus is characterized, in adults, with rapid onset (usually months), and has the symptoms of poor vision, loss of balance, loss of coordination, mental disturbance (loss of focus), and incontinence
. Your brother has a lot of the symptoms of hydrocephalus. A spinal tap
is the next step in diagnosing and treating hydrocephalus.
If your brother's symptoms improve or resolve after the spinal tap, it would be advisable for you and your brother's neurologist
to discuss if your brother is a candidate for a V-P shunt. A V-P shunt is placed in the brain and into the abdominal cavity to drain the excess cerebral spinal fluid from his brain into his abdomen, where the fluid is reabsorbed.
I hope that this information helps and good luck to you and your brother.
Be well, Dr. Kimberly