Author Topic: Post treatment placement of AP Shunt after development of hydrocephalus  (Read 463 times)

mamugel

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 I had GK for a 2.1 cm AN on February 7, 2019. I was doing well with few issues Completed vestibular therapy with good results. On June 5, 2019 I was hospitalized after losing my ability to balance (no falling), stumbling gait and some confusion. I had a VP shunt placed on June 10, 2019. I am now 4 weeks out.  I reached out to the peer support list and was helped immensely by someone with a shunt. Hers was placed for another reason.(CSF leak) I am hoping to find someone with a shunt for hydrocephalus.  I am experiencing lightheadedness (no Blood pressure issues). Anyone out there with this issue. Would love to hear from someone. This supposedly a very rare side effect of GK or possibly just from tumor? Thank you, Mary Ann

ANSydney

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Welcome to the forum Mary Ann,

Sorry to hear about you placement of a VP shunt. How did the operation go? Any complications (apart from the lightheadedness)? Is your lightheadedness worse when you stand or lie down?

Communicating hydrocephalus following gamma knife occurs about 5% of the time:
11/221 = 5.0% https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22535199
14/244 = 5.7% https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S187887501501520X
27/702 = 3.8% https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27882725
8/92 = 8.7% http://www.asianjns.org/article.asp?issn=1793-5482;year=2019;volume=14;issue=2;spage=487;epage=490;aulast=Shimizu

It appears that the larger the tumor, the more chance of hydrocephalus.  Apparently ring enhancement patterns (whatever they are) are also not a good sign.



mamugel

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The surgery went well. Took about 1.5 hours and I was fortunate to have 2 surgeons with whom I have worked for years ( recently retired as a RN after nearly 40 years).  In describing the lightheadedness I am not sure I have selected the right words. It is a fuzzy feeling not involving my thinking and ability to analyze or converse well. I saw a post where someone described the feeling as light headed. My B/P is fine.  I do well lying down and sitting up. Standing is where I feel the issue. My balance is quite good. I took 12 weeks of vestibular therapy after  the GK treatment  as I mentioned. I fully believe that I will get better. When I do I hope to be able to reach out to someone else with the same problem. I know it is fairly rare after GK but the stats in these article look as it it is not as rare as I thought. Thank you very much for these sources.

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Is your "lightheadedness" whenever your standing or only for the first few minutes after standing?

vicenza2010

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Hi Mary Ann,
my neuroma was a small as yours. In the 2010 I had cyberknife but a year later I had a VP shunt placed.
The neurosurgeons defined it as an aresorptive hydrocephalus due to  a malabsorption of proteins.
My neuroma treated a year before with cyberknife was  probably going through an inflammatory process and maybe this was the cause.
I could not say it for sure as I am not a doctor.
Anyway the cyberknife did not stop the growth of my neuroma  and in the 2013 I had a retrosigmoid surgery.
I read you are reaching out to the peer support list and I was wondering if I could do the same.
Any hint which could help?
Alberta

June  2010  neuroma 23x16x11mm
Oct.   2010 cyberknife
Sept. 2011 aresorptive hydrocephalus
Oct.   2011 shunt installed
Nov.  2012 neuroma is growing 21x18x21mm
Febr. 2013 rectosigmoid surgery,
post surgery SSD, HB 4, staphylococcus aureus infection

ANSydney

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Alberta, you've had quite a run with radiosurgery, shunt and open surgery. Back in 2010 when you were diagnosed, what were your symptoms. How is your HB4 going?

vicenza2010

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You are right it was quite a run. In 2010 I had a sudden hearing loss and after a TAC I had the diagnosis.
Thank you for asking about my HB4.
The real issue is synkinesis and I will try to explain why:
First to avoid synkinesis while I am eating I chew on the other side. This could cause a jaw malalignment so eating very slow is the best way to cope with the problem.
Second issue is speaking.
I try to speak moving my lips as little as possible so to keep my face less involved.
The best exercises I found for synkinesis are on facialpalsy uk  for their  self-help videos.
Ptosis is an other issue. The last hint I read about it  is to rub very gently the upper lid so to move the old epithelial cells. I use a  sterilized  gauze but not every day.
Any other tips?

June  2010  neuroma 23x16x11mm
Oct.   2010 cyberknife
Sept. 2011 aresorptive hydrocephalus
Oct.   2011 shunt installed
Nov.  2012 neuroma is growing 21x18x21mm
Febr. 2013 rectosigmoid surgery,
post surgery SSD, HB 4, staphylococcus aureus infection

chrisabbott

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Thank you so much for mentioning Facial Palsy UK - they have very informative videos.  Now I understand better why we are told to wait following surgery before getting treatment or exercise for facial nerve issues.  I've started the massage, and learned alternate way to tape my eye at night & (even though my paralysis is pretty mild compared to many) feel so much better!
VS = 3.1 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm diagnosed 3/2019
Translab June 13th Dr Bien & Dr Dunn in OKC
No change in facial numbness, dry eye (not worse!)

mamugel

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Re: Post treatment placement of AP Shunt after development of hydrocephalus
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2019, 03:24:28 pm »
I joined the hydrocephalus association  facebook private page. It has been most helpful. I found this on the HA website. after emailing a person on ANA peer support list.At 9 weeks I am almost back to myself! The first 8 weeks were challenging and  very difficult. Would reccomend this to anyone with a shunt.

mamugel

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Re: Post treatment placement of AP Shunt after development of hydrocephalus
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2019, 03:44:05 pm »
Has anyone had their neurosurgeon suggest having  a CT with  contrast instead of an MRI with contrast  for follow up studies? Is a CT an acceptable means of following the acoustic neuroma?

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Re: Post treatment placement of AP Shunt after development of hydrocephalus
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2019, 05:20:51 pm »
From my research an MRI without contrast is adequate for follow up. That's what I use to monitor progress on growth (none for 3 years now without treatment) A CT uses ionizing radiation (like x-rays) and contrast agents are controversial on their health impact.

mamugel

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Re: Post treatment placement of AP Shunt after development of hydrocephalus
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2019, 03:27:28 pm »
My NS suggested that a CT with contrast vs an MRI could be an acceptable means of follow up for my 2.1 mm AN. I I was treated with GK. I have a VP shunt now after a complication leading to hydrocephalus. Each time I have an MRI my shunt will need to be checked for proper pressure setting. It is a little scary to have this each time I have an MRI. Would that tumor be followed as well with the CT with contrast?

 


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