Brain trauma can bring about internal bleeding in the brain ventricles. This ventricular swelling will bring about swellings due to excessive cerebrospinal fluids. The damaging white matter within the human brain will impair the growth of your cerebral cortex which will then impact your memory significantly. Other parts of the body affected are your language, perceptions, consciousness, and attention span. The condition hydrocephalus happens as a result of brain-related injuries that damage your feedback loop. Eventually, it works as a shunt system relieving the pressure emanating from the CSF.
Typically, babies reveal symptoms of HIE brain damage that permanently prevent oxygen from accessing the right zones. This brings about birth complications. This trauma, in turn, brings about internal bleeding right at the brain ventricles. The condition referred to as interventricular hemorrhage results in ventricular swelling that is due to an excess release of cerebrospinal fluid.
Babies at Risk of Hydrocephalus
Babies who are born pre-term are highly susceptible to this condition. Medical research attributes this to their fragile cardiovascular systems and brains that can easily erupt and start bleeding. Some of the conditions that trigger hydrocephalus are prolonged labor trauma, infections within the brain, germinal or subarachnoid hemorrhage, Cytotec or Pitocin misuse, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, among others.
Ventricular Injuries Arising from Hydrocephalus
Within the brain are four ventricles. The walls lining the ventricles are lined with the choroid plexus. This structure releases cerebrospinal fluid that has shock absorbing capabilities that prevent unnecessary shocks on the spinal cord as well as the brain. Circulating within the spinal cord as well as the brain is the cerebrospinal fluid that finds its way reabsorbed into the blood.
The volume of cerebrospinal fluid absorbed is equal in measure to that being produced. The blockage of the hydrocephalus results in a CSF outflow that ends up inadequately absorbed. As a result, CSF accumulates around the ventricles. Hydrocephalus occurs in two primary forms; obstructive and communicating. The imbalances within the hydrocephalus arise from brain insults which bring about deprivation oxygen, infections, or trauma. All these results in brain swelling. Once the swelling subsides, an injury report can be conducted on the damaged ventricles. This might result in direct tissue damage that reabsorbs CSF through blockages. The body continuously produces CSF resulting in delayed adsorption that obstructs fluid buildup and swelling within the ventricles. The result is an exertion of pressure around the brain matter.
What Are the Symptoms That Indicate the Presence of Hydrocephalus?
Trauma rising from birth brings about hydrocephalus, evidenced by the buildup in the fluid. Some the signs and symptoms that are most notable include; puffiness, vomiting, seizures, irritability, inability to stare upwards, and several others. To reduce the pressure that has accumulated around the brain, the head experiences an abnormal growth. Remember, in the body of the baby, the bones making up the skull are not fused yet. To relieve the pressure accumulation in the brain, the head will stretch and grow.
Can I Get Legal Help for Hydrocephalus or Any Other Birth-Related Injury?
If your child suffers from cerebral palsy, seizures or delays in development arising from hydrocephalus, the right person to contact is legal practitioners who have your best interests at heart. Cases involving birth are complex and require in-depth knowledge of the law, medicine, and life planning issues. Get the right legal representation today.