Problems Usually Associated With Hydrocephalus
Visual impairments that influence the upward gaze and ocular movement. Depth perception is also a common visual impairment.
As many as, 75% with hydrocephalus have some form of motor disability.
An individual with a shunt can participate in most physical activities. However, he/she is advised to stay away from rough contact sports, particularly those that require the use of a helmet.
Some other physical complications that are sometimes associated with hydrocephalus are the sensitivity to pressure, sound, and bright lights. Side affects such as seizures, constipation, and hormonal imbalance can also be associated with hydrocephalus.
Learning disabilities are among the most common complications for people with hydrocephalus. Individuals are able to learn. However, they may require modifications to do so. Two-thirds with hydrocephalus do have normal or borderline intelligence.
A problem related to learning disabilities is the inability or deficiency in memory retention. To coincide with this, remedial skills can be affected. However, with special care and attention, people with hydrocephalus can achieve their fullest potential.
As a result of the physical implications of hydrocephalus, it is not uncommon for the psychological condition of a person with hydrocephalus to be affected. The results being a delay in their social skills. This could require psychological therapy.
Financial strains caused by numerous medical visits or surgical procedures may deplete a family's financial reserve and private insurance may not be attainable unless it is offered by a large group employment policy. Concerns about the persons ability to be self-supporting and independent are also an issue.
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