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What are the risks of being struck in the head to an adult

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What are the risks of being struck in the head to an adult with shunted hydrocephalus? Can a blow be fatal?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  healthydoc replied 5 months ago.

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Hello and thank you for your question.

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If one had a direct blow to the head and had shunt due to hydrocephalus it can be dangerous.

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One can get seizures, hemorrhage, CSF hypotensive headaches, cerebral infarct, shunt occlusion, catheter breakage and even infection.

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if you have headaches, feel dizzy, nauseous, sleepy or lethargic than you should seek immediate medical attention.

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You also need to consult your neurosurgeon to evaluate if you need shunt revision or not.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.

One more question. Could a blow potentially be fatal? I am concerned for my son, who may soon be put in a very volatile situation

Expert:  healthydoc replied 5 months ago.
Yes it can be fatal if he gets hemorrhage. I would suggest if he has any of the symptoms mentioned above than he should seek immediate medical attention. Head injury and especially direct blow to the head when one has shunt is very dangerous and it should be evaluated in order to be on safe side.
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