Our 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. If your baby experienced this trauma, call our Michigan hyrocephalus lawyer.

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 Injury Attorney

Hydrocephalus is a serious condition and if a doctor causes it or fails to diagnose it, you could file a malpractice suit. Buckfire Law could provide you with a Michigan hydrocephalus lawyer to guide your claim. Call us now.

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