Obstructive Hydrocephalus and Receiving Social Security Disability
Hydrocephalus is a word that is derived from two Greek words, "hydro" meaning water and "cephalus" meaning head. This condition is sometimes known as "water on the brain".
Hydrocephalus involves an abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles or cavities of your brain. This can result in increased intracranial pressure inside of your skull and progressive enlargement of your head, mental disability and convulsion.
Hydrocephalus was first described by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. However, it remains a lesser-known medical condition to this day.
About 1 million Americans have hydrocephalus. One in every 500 live births in the United States is affected by hydrocephalus.
Obstructive hydrocephalus is a type of hydrocephalus that results from some visible blockage in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Most of the time, obstructive hydrocephalus is caused by a mass (brain tumor) in your brain that blocks the flow of fluid or by some type of malformation or scarring that narrows or completely blocks part of the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This scarring or malformation is often referred to as webs or rings. They often result from some prior infection, bleeding or trauma, or they can be congenital (present at birth).
The signs and symptoms of obstructive hydrocephalus are virtually the same as those of any other kind of hydrocephalus with just a few exceptions. Your brain gets compressed and your ventricles enlarge due to the increased pressure in your brain. Also, nervous system tissue does not work well under compression or pressure.
There are many, varied signs and symptoms that you may experience which obstructive hydrocephalus has in common with other forms of hydrocephalus. These may include:
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If your obstructive hydrocephalus is due to a tumor or other mass, you may experience neurological signs and symptoms that are associated with the mass or tumor itself. These will depend on the location and type of tumor.
You or a loved one may have been diagnosed with obstructive hydrocephalus. Obstructive hydrocephalus and/or complications that have developed from it or other illnesses that you have in conjunction with this condition may have resulted in the disability of you or your loved one and be the reason why you are not able to work.
You may need help as a result of this. You may need financial assistance.
- Headache that is followed by vomiting
- Difficulty with coordination, balance or gait
- Urinary incontinence
- Memory loss
- Blurred or double vision
- Sluggishness or lack of energy
- Slowing of development or regression
- Eyes that are fixed downward
- Changes in personality.