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Hydrocephalus & Medical Malpractice

Our Michigan birth injury lawyers handle cases involving the condition of hydrocephalus.  Hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is excessive fluid in the brain.   The fluid is actually cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), which is a clear fluid that surrounds the brain.  When there is an excessive accumulation of this fluid, it causes a widening of the ventricles of the brain and creates a harmul pressure on the tissues of the brain.  The resulting pressure of the fluid on the brain tissue is what causes hydrocephalus.

Hydrocephalus is a common birth defect.  Experts believe that it affects approximately 1 out of every 500 children.  A baby born with this condition that is untreated can develope permanent and irreversible neurological damage, including epilepsy.  It is diagnosed through a neurological evaluation and through the use of different imaging techniques, like CT scans and MRI.

Hydrocephaulus is most often treated with a shunt system, which is a plastic tub that is placed within a ventricle in the brain.  The other end of the catheter is placed within the abdominal cavity where the CSF can properly drain away from the brain.  There are other treatments for this condition.

The delay in diagnosing and treating hydrocephalus can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.  To win such a case, it must be proven that the physician or hospital was negligent in failing to timely diagnose and treat the condition.  It must also be proven that if the hydrocephalus was properly diagnosed and treated, the patient would not have suffered significant injury or damage.

For more information on Michigan medical malpractice cases, you should request our FREE BOOK, "The Ultimate Michigan Medical Malpractice Handbook" or contact us to discuss your case.


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