Hydrocephalus is a build-up of fluid on the brain, also known as ‘water on the brain’. This term is a misnomer as the fluid is not water, but cerebrospinal fluid which acts as a protector and surrounds the brain. It also removes waste products from the brain and provides the brain with the nutrients it needs. The fluid constantly renews itself and the old fluid is absorbed into the bloodstream. However, a deficiency somewhere in the brain which has prevented the old fluid from being reabsorbed can result in the build-up. This puts pressure on the brain and the fluid must be drained. A patient who has suspected hydrocephalus will normally be sent to a neurosurgeon to undergo a procedure to drain the fluid and release the pressure on the brain. Surgery can be carried out to place a piece of apparatus called a shunt into the brain which will drain the fluid. Other patients may not be recommended for this operation but can undergo another procedure which makes a hole in the underside of the brain to drain the fluid.
Both treatments are invasive therefore general anaesthetic is required. The failure to diagnose hydrocephalus can result in permanent brain damage if the cerebrospinal fluid is allowed to build up putting pressure on the brain.
Failure to diagnose hydrocephalus
If your doctor has failed to send you to a specialist when you suspect something is wrong, then you may be a victim of negligence. You may continue to feel ill and feel the symptoms of hydrocephalus such as a lump on the head or episodes of vomiting, headache and drowsiness. Patients also run the risk of falling into a coma without surgical treatment for the condition. If you have not been referred to a specialist and your doctor failed to diagnose you, you may have been a victim of medical negligence. You can seek help to claim compensation if you have suffered further illness or disability as a result.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which has helped thousands of victims of medical negligence to claim compensation from the parties at fault. If your doctor failed to diagnose hydrocephalus or another condition and you suffered further injury or illness as a result, you may also be able to win a cash payout to help you cope with any pain you have endured and any financial difficulties you have sustained. Our helpline is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and is free to call or you can begin your claim online by taking our 30-second test. As we operate under a no win, no fee policy there is no need to worry about paying anything upfront.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown