If this article sounds similar to a recent experience that you or a loved one have suffered from, please don't hesitate to contact us online or call 859-578-4444 to schedule a free consultation!\r\n\r\nHydrocephalus at Birth \u2013 Understand This Type of Kentucky Birth Injury\r\nHydrocephalus.\u00a0It\u2019s not a word you often hear. In fact, it\u2019s a word that most people don\u2019t even know. Yet, for parents who have children suffering from this condition, it is a word that can change life forever.\r\nThe National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines hydrocephalus as \u201ca condition in which the primary characteristic is excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain.\u201d This life threatening condition has also been referred to as \u201cwater on the brain,\u201d but it is important to understand that the \u201cwater\u201d is really cerebrospinal fluid. When someone suffers from hydrocephalus, he or she may experience abnormal widening of the ventricles in the brain. The outcome can be catastrophic.\r\nHydrocephalus impacts about 1 in every 500 children.\r\nHydrocephalus is one of the conditions that is still somewhat of a mystery. Medical experts do not fully understand all of the potential causes of this disorder. Some of the causes that have been identified include:\r\n\r\n \tPremature birth complications\r\n \tCerebral hemorrhage, also known as bleeding in the brain\r\n \tBacterial infection\r\n \tHead trauma\r\n \tBrain tumor\r\n\r\nMany of the above factors are frequently caused by medical malpractice.\r\nThere are treatment options for hydrocephalus.\r\nThe good news for patients suffering from hydrocephalus is that there are treatments available. One of the most common treatments is a procedure in which a shunt system is inserted in the brain. The shunt system consists of a shunt (a flexible plastic tube), catheter and valve. This treatment is designed to reroute the flow of cerebral spinal fluid to another area of the body.\r\nAnother treatment option for hydrocephalus is known as a third ventriculostomy. It is a procedure in which a small hole is created in the third ventricle. A neuroendoscope (a small camera) is used to locate the surgical site. The hole helps the fluid flow around the obstruction in the brain.\r\nYou have rights if your child suffered a birth injury.\r\nIf your child developed hydrocephalus following a birth injury, you may have a medical malpractice claim. It is important that you speak with a\u00a0Kentucky birth injury attorney\u00a0as soon as possible.\r\nContact the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 for a free case evaluation.\u00a0We have been representing injured victims and their families in Ohio and Kentucky for more than 35 years.