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02 Oct 2009

Hydrocephalus and Child Birth Injuries

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Our Michigan birth injury lawyers handle cases in which a baby suffered injuries due to hyrdrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a medical condition whose primary characteristic is the excessive accumulation of fluid in brain. It comes from the Greek words ‘hydro’ meaning water and ‘cephalus’ meaning head. The water is cerebrospinal fluid, a fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain. Excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) causes an abnormal widening of spaces inside the brain called ventricles. This widening of the ventricles puts harmful pressure on the brain tissues.

Signs and Symptoms of Hydrocephalus

The symptoms of hydrocephalus vary with disease progression, age and human differences in tolerance to this condition. For instance, a baby’s ability to tolerate the pressure on the brain differs from that of an adult. The skull of an infant can manage to expand and bear the CSF buildup.

In infants, the most common signs of this condition include:

  • Unusually large size of head
  • Rapid increase in circumference of head
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Sleepiness
  • Seizures
  • Downward deviation of eyes

Treatment of Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is most commonly treated by inserting a shunt system. The shunt system diverts the CSF flow from the brain to another part of the body where it is absorbed as normal circulatory process. The system consists of a shunt, catheter and valve. One end of the catheter is placed inside the brain within a ventricle, and the other end is usually placed in the abdominal cavity. It may also be placed in another part of the body such as heart chamber or areas surrounding the lungs.

Contact a Michigan Hydrocephalus Malpractice Lawyer

A newborn who has hydrocephalus that is not timely treated and diagnosed by a hospital or physician can suffer permanent and irreversible injuries.  In such circumstances, the failure to properly treat the newborn can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.  Hydrocephalus can affect the social, academic and vocational upbringing of the infant. These often require services that amount to a significant expense over a child’s lifetime and are sought as damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

It is essential to contact an attorney as soon as possible so that we can obtain your child’s complete medical chart to determine whether there was negligence involved in the treatment. Call (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our top rated Michigan birth injury lawyers about your hydrocephalus malpractice case.   There are strict time delays for filing medical malpractice lawsuits in Michigan so it is essential to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to see if your child has valid case.

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