Fluid On The Brain

Hydrocephalus Treatment-ANA

Hydrocephalus is a buildup of fluid deep within the brain, and Arizona Neurology Associates has seen this in a number of its patients and has treated it. Our experience is mostly with adults, because at Arizona Neurology Associates we do not work with children.  Hydrocephalus occurs in the ventricles (cavities of the brain). It is due to excess fluid that pushes the ventricles, expanding them and putting pressure on a brain. Normally, fluid moves through the ventricles bathing the brain and spinal column. But, due to the increase in pressure from this disease, due to the buildup of this fluid, damage can occur to brain tissues along with a host of other impairments that can occur to brain function.


Along with surgery to restore function, a wide range of non-surgical techniques are typically required to manage this disease, whether they be functional impairments or symptoms.  Arizona Neurology Associates has the full range of these techniques at its disposal and would love to bring them to bear for you.

The symptoms and signs of this disease are varied by age, generally speaking. In infants, Arizona Neurology Associates experience shows physical characteristics such as a bulging or soft spot on the top of the head, a rapid increase in size of the cranium, or a non-typically large head. Symptoms in this age group include downward fixed eyes, seizures, poor appetite, irritability, sleepiness and vomiting. In toddlers and older, they might experience double or blurred vision or headache. With toddlers and older, behavioral changes include degradation in previous skills learned like talking/walking, decline in school grades, attention issues, personality change or irritability. For this age group, physically, you might see poor balance and coordination, nausea, excessive tiredness, abnormally large head. In young and middle aged adults, they may suffer from memory decline, poor vision, loss of bladder control/frequent urination, poor balance, excessive sleepiness or issues with headaches.


For older adults (60 or over), commonly what Arizona Neurology Associates sees in this age group are symptoms like slower motion, poor coordination/balance, poor reasoning skills, loss of memory and loss of bladder control/frequent urination.


Arizona Neurology Associates takes a fairly conservative approach to your problems. We want you to be aware of, and pay attention to the symptoms discussed here.  That’s hard earned experience, because we don’t want you to wait any longer than needed to come see us for an assessment if you are experiencing any signs. It is not non-typical for us to see conditions made worse by patients who have waited too long to be treated, don't be one of those people. 


In infants/toddlers, you should seek immediate medical attention for signs like seizures, poor breathing, can’t move or bend head or neck, problems with feeding, high pitches cries. This is also true for anyone in any other age group that shows signs discussed in this article. So if you experience, or know anyone showing any of these signs, seek prompt medical attention first, and once that is addressed, come to see Arizona Neurology Associates, because we can help analyze and treat your condition no matter what it may be.