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New option for children with hydrocephalus in Kuwait
July 23, 2017, 2:58 pm
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Children with hydrocephalus in Kuwait now have a better treatment option in the form of new medical procedure being offered by the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London. The innovative procedure known as ETV-CPC is set to improve the lives of babies with hydrocephalus.

Hydrocephalus can cause harmful and possibly fatal pressure in the brain. An unusually large head is the main sign of congenital hydrocephalus.  The condition is common in babies whose spine and spinal cord does not develop properly in the womb, or in children who get infections such as meningitis in their early childhood.

“The traditional way to treat hydrocephalus is with a shunt. While it is still a very good operation that is conducted commonly, it leaves the patient with a permanent tube in the body to allow for the draining of the fluid. The limitations with any tube or mechanical device is that it can snap, it can get blocked, it can get infected and cause problems. ETV-CPC gives the patient the chance to avoid the lifelong burden of care that comes with having a shunt,” said Dr. Greg James of GOSH.

ETV-CPC is a well-established procedure that was originally designed to create a cost-effective and permanent solution for children in Africa as it requires less medical follow-ups. The procedure is well-tolerated and only takes an hour or two. The child can go home within a day or two of the operation.

Dr. James believes that this operation, which is now available at GOSH, offers international patients from Kuwait the chance to have a better quality of life and limits the life-long burden of care which often comes with having the traditional shunt procedure. 

 

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