Fluid on brain cause for concern, close monitoring

2011-12-06 14:27:45 by Megs Pollock, Patient Family, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

We had a busy morning in the radiology department at Akron Children's Hospital. The anxiety of watching the ultrasound is a little overwhelming at times. I would like to figure out what’s what. By that time Jordan won’t have ultrasounds any more. Once the fontanel, or soft spot, closes, Jordan will need MRIs.

Our meeting with Jordan's neurosurgeon, Dr. Hudgins, was brief, but very informative. He said that the circumference had slightly increased, and there was more fluid on the left side than Jordan's previous ultrasound showed. Again it was a plus-minus situation. Dr. Hudgins does not like to jump into surgery so he would like to continue to watch closely.

I’m thankful that we had time to think of our questions over the past 2 weeks. Dr. Hudgins is great at explaining what is happening in our Peanut’s brain. He said that shunt is doing what it should, but it is placed on the right side, causing the right side to drain properly. The left ventricle is the side that is retaining more fluid.

At this time it isn’t significant enough to take action. If the fluid maintains where it’s at, he's ok and won't need another surgery. The problem arises if the fluid continues to build. The situation does not often occur with kiddos, and if it does, it usually presents itself by now.

Yes, it has caused more anxiety for our family. We are constantly concerned about whether or not we will be facing surgery over the next couple of months. Jordan is not showing any signs of discomfort, which is a blessing. We pray that the fluid is able to maintain or drain itself over the next couple of weeks.

Our little man will be monitored closely, going in every 2 weeks to assure where the hydrocephalus stands.  Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

Read more about Megs and Randy’s journey of raising a child with spina bifida through her blog, Labor of Love.

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