Hydrocephalus, We need to Discuss!


This isn’t a normal topic for me but want to get this information out as it might help somebody.  A member of my family was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus and I had to Google to understand what it is, here is what I found:

Hydrocephalus is the buildup of fluid in cavities called ventricles deep within the brain. The excess fluid increases the size of the ventricles and puts pressure on the brain.  Cerebrospinal fluid usually flows through the ventricles and bathes the brain and spinal column. But the pressure of too much cerebrospinal fluid can damage brain tissues and cause a range of symptoms related to brain function.  Hydrocephalus can happen at any age, but it occurs more often among infants and among adults 60 and older. Surgery can restore and maintain healthy cerebrospinal fluid levels in the brain.

Among adults 60 and older, the more common symptoms of hydrocephalus are: Loss of bladder control or needing to urinate often, memory loss, progressive loss of thinking or reasoning skills, trouble walking, often described as shuffling or the feeling of the feet being stuck and poor coordination or balance.

 Hydrocephalus it is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease and that is why I am sharing this.  My family member was diagnosed, last week took him to Orlando where they drained some spinal fluid and the difference in 24 hours was amazing.  Hopefully he is a candidate for the surgery, in a few weeks.  Google it, share it maybe somebody you know could benefit from this!  Feel free to contact me for my limited knowledge on this disease.

Dick Betts, REALTOR®

The Betts Team

Touchstone Real Estate

The Villages, Florida

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Comments (13)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dick. Sorry to hear about your relative. Thanks for sharing the information about the condition. May your relative get the care he needs to overcome. Have a good day.

Nov 27, 2023 04:43 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Interesting - I hadn't heard of this but if it's got similar symptoms to Alzheimers and Parkinson's it would be important to know!

Wonder what causes it....

Nov 27, 2023 04:47 AM
Dick Betts
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Wayne Martin my goal is to get the word out!  Could not beoieve the difference in 24 hours!

Nov 27, 2023 04:55 AM
Dick Betts
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Kat Palmiotti not sure, I read about it when he was first diagnosed and thought never heard of this.  Wonder how many people knowing about this could help them or a family member! 

Nov 27, 2023 04:57 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

We have a family member who is also dealing with hydrocephalus - she had the surgery but I am not usre how extensive it was - I think they put a shunt in but it really was too late for a complete turn around  - wishing your relative a better outcome  - had he had a fall recently? I think that is something that needs to be explored more fully when people fall 

Nov 27, 2023 05:35 AM
Dick Betts
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Lise Howe thank you for sharing!  My relative did not fall, but declined quickly, should know soon if he can have surgery 

Nov 27, 2023 09:45 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dick-this is an important topic to me as well. My husband, Larry, was diagnosed with this in 2016. He noticed that his balance was off. The neurologist thought he may have had it since birth and compensated for it or when he flew F4s something could have happened. Who knows. 

Getting a diagnosis is difficult. And once some doctors know you have this, they lump any and all of your ailments to it. 

Larry had a shunt put in and it was remarkable!  The nurse in his doctor's office was astounded at the change! 

Best of luck to your relative. 

Nov 27, 2023 04:23 PM
Dick Betts
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Kathy Streib thank you for sharing, my cause is to let people know that this condition is out there and don't accept it is something it might not be!

Nov 27, 2023 04:29 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is the first time I am hearing about this and it sounds like a very scary thing.  Did you find any information on how one prevents it from even becoming a thing?

Nov 28, 2023 05:52 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good for you for getting the word out. I'm not familiar with this so learned something today. Sorry to hear about your relative but sounds like he's getting the treatment he needs. Best of luck to him.

Nov 28, 2023 08:42 AM
Dick Betts
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Brian England I don't think there is a way to prevent just educate those around if you start displaying any of the symptoms  

Nov 28, 2023 10:46 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow I have never heard of this and so glad your family member is fine..... now with that said how unfortunate that often Dr.'s misdiagnose it.... sounds like not all Doctors are the same like in Real Estate, Endre

Nov 28, 2023 04:04 PM
Dick Betts
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Endre Barath, Jr. my goal today was to make folks aware of this condition.  Hopefully somebody might ask for a second opinion.

Nov 28, 2023 06:18 PM