Hydrocephalus

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What is hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus is disorder in which the ventricular system in the brain contains an excessive amount of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Obstructive hydrocephalus is due to an obstruction blocking the flow of CSF. Communicating hydrocephalus is due to impaired resorption of CSF.

Common symptoms reported by people with hydrocephalus

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with hydrocephalus

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
4
Tried for
hydrocephalus (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pristiq)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Dilaudid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(MS Contin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with hydrocephalus, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with hydrocephalus

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Perceived effectiveness
for hydrocephalus (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dizziness headaches 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
hydrocephalus (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pristiq)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Dilaudid)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
itching nausea and vomiting
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsy in a.m.
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(MS Contin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
pain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with hydrocephalus, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has hydrocephalus on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 21
20s 22
30s 46
40s 37
50s 40
60s 20
70+ 4
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 67
20-29 years 14
30-39 years 8
40-49 years 6
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 3
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

63% Female
37% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 117
Not Diagnosed 1

These charts show data from hydrocephalus patients who have completed their condition history
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