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What is an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV)? An endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) is an operation, done by our neurosurgical team, under a general anaesthetic. It treats some types of hydrocephalus by making a small hole in the bottom of the third ventricle to improve the flow of...

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What is a clinical psychologist? The clinical psychologist working in neurosciences at Sheffield Children’s Hospital is Dr Helen Russell. They support young people and families at times of emotional difficulty, including listening to your concerns and trying to understand your situation to...

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What is selective dorsal rhizotomy? Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce tight and stiff muscle tone (spasticity) in the lower legs. It works by dividing some of the sensory nerve roots within the lumbar region of the spine (lower back). This may help to:...

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Why use a shunt? Shunts are used to manage a condition called hydrocephalus. If your child is diagnosed with hydrocephalus then using a shunt to manage their symptoms and keep them well will be considered by the neurosurgical team here at the Children’s. How does a shunt work? A shunt is a...

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Introduction Your healthcare team feel that you are ready to go home. This advice has been designed to give you all the information you need to take home with you. Please ask the staff if you have any questions. Personal identification information Your health speciality for ongoing outpatient care...

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Introduction Your healthcare team feel that you are ready to go home. This advice has been designed to give you all the information you need to take home with you. Please ask the staff if you have any questions. Personal identification information Your health speciality for ongoing outpatient care...

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The aim of this information is to give you basic advice about caring for your child at home after they have undergone a neurosurgical procedure. It will include some general neurosurgical advice as well as a space for you child’s nurse to write any specific care instruction for your child at...

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Introduction Your healthcare team feel that you are ready to go home. This advice has been designed to give you all the information you need to take home with you. Please ask the staff if you have any questions. Personal identification information Your health speciality for ongoing outpatient care...

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Certain bacteria, including Methicillin Sensitive Staphylococcus Aureus (MSSA) and Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), are found naturally on many peoples’ skin and inside their noses. These germs are usually harmless and do not cause any problems. However, we know that people who...

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You have been told that your child needs a cerebral angiogram and the aim of this advice is to give you basic information about what is involved in this procedure. What is cerebral angiogram? A cerebral angiogram is an X-ray investigation which shows the blood vessels in your child’s brain. A...

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What is VNS used for? Vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) is used as a treatment option for people who experience epilepsy that is poorly controlled with anti-epileptic medicines. The aim of VNS is to reduce the amount and length of seizures that your child has. It aims to prevent the irregular electrical...

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What is stereotactic radiosurgery? Stereotactic radiosurgery (STRS) is a technique that uses lots of narrow beams of special X-rays to accurately treat an area within the brain using a machine called a ‘gamma knife’. It allows high doses of radiation to be given to the abnormal area, without...

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What are neurological observations? Neurological observations are a series of simple tests and observations that help the nurses and doctors who are caring for your child to assess your child’s level of consciousness. The tests and observations involve: waking your child and asking them a few...

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What is an external ventricular drain (EVD)? Cerebrospinal fluid is a protective fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. It flows through the fluid filled spaces in the brain called ventricles. Our body normally controls the amount of cerebrospinal fluid in these spaces by production and...

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What is hydrocephalus? The word hydrocephalus comes from the Greek ‘hydro’, meaning water and ‘cephalous’ meaning head. Hydrocephalus is the medical term given to a condition causing the build up of cerebrospinal fluid within the skull. cerebrospinal fluid is a watery fluid...

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What is a craniotomy? A craniotomy is a surgical procedure where a portion of bone is removed from the skull to give surgeons access to your child’s brain. This then allows the surgeons to do further procedures such as: brain biopsies tumour removals epilepsy surgery shunt insertion If a...

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What is an chiari malformation? An chiari malformation is when the bottom part of the brain is forced through an opening in the base of the skull into the space where the spinal cord usually sits. What are the symptoms of chiari malformation? This can cause compression in the brain stem and disrupt...

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What is intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring? Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring is a diagnostic neurosurgical procedure which is used to measures the pressure in someone’s head. A catheter (tube) is put through a small hole in the skull and into the outer layer of the brain. The...

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