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Hydrocephalus and Shunts

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Hydrocephalus is a condition in the brain in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles, increasing the intracranial pressure within the skull. Hydrocephalus is often treated with a shunt, which allows the excess CSF to drain to a different part of the body.

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Hydrocephalus is a condition in the brain in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles, increasing the intracranial pressure within the skull. Hydrocephalus can be caused by a variety of different diseases and injuries, including those that cause disruptions to the absorption of CSF or an obstruction to the CSF flow. There are different treatments available for those with hydrocephalus depending on the individual, but they often involve the insertion of a shunt. In the United States alone, 33 000 people have shunts placed every year.

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Sally Moyle
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Educator
Sally Moyle is a rehabilitation nurse educator with Epworth HealthCare. She has completed her masters of nursing (clinical nursing and teaching) and has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, orthopaedic, neurosurgery, emergency, aged care and general surgery. Sally is passionate about education in nursing in order to produce the best nurses possible.
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Susan Golding
20 Oct 2020
Relevant , informative and educational
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Dawn Shannon
15 May 2021
Informative and helped me understand hydrocephalus and the need for shunts better.
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Jacinta Chamings
19 Oct 2020
Thank you. Currently on my PEP3 placement in Neurosurgery and was feeling veey overwhelmed with how much I didn't no this has helped to fill a gap in my knowledge
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Madeline Burns
20 Oct 2020
Easy to understand, great source of general knowledge regarding basics of shunts and their management.
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Anne Cunneen
18 Oct 2020
Well written and informative.
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Linda Bennett
12 May 2022
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Excellent information
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Quan Liu
20 Apr 2022
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Lakvinder Singh
19 Oct 2020
Concise and essy to follow.
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Sonia Keeling
02 Nov 2020
While the information was quite basic, it was a good presentation for those who have little or no knowledge of Neurosurgical procedures. Well done!
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Bina Baniya
22 Mar 2021
Very informative
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