Shunts for Hydrocephalus and Disability

May 17, 2011 No Comments by

Shunts for HydrocephalusThe term hydrocephalus is derived from the Greek words “hydro” meaning water and “cephalus” meaning head. As the name implies, it is a condition in which the primary characteristic is excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain.

via Hydrocephalus Fact Sheet: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke NINDS.

Hydrocephalus can cause vomiting, sleepiness, irritability, downward deviation of the eyes and seizures. Hydrocephalus is remedied by shunts, which can and do malfunction.

A shunt system is used to move the fluid from the brain area to other parts of the body where the fluid can be absorbed. The shunt is a flexible plastic tube.  The shunt can fail, cause an infection, have an obstruction or the catheter may need to be replaced.

When a shunt fails fluid accumulates in the brain and causes pressure. If left unchecked this pressure can cause long term affects. The shunt will need to be altered quickly if it fails. It is possible that a shunt will need to be revised multiple times.

As with all claims for benefits, the claimant must show that they are incapable of working due to their impairments. Claimants with hydrocephalus may have to undergo several shunt revisions and their hydrocephalus symptoms may be disabling as well.

If you or someone you know has hydrocephalus there are support groups available. Contact the National Hydrocephalus Foundation for more information on shunts for hydrocephalus and Disability.

To receive a free case evaluation, contact us at 1-866-425-5347 or fill out the Free Review form to your right. We are here to represent you throughout the Social Security Disability process.


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Kim obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Law Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a strong advocate for the rights of the disabled and worked in the past for the North Carolina Department of Justice. She is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. Kim is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Middle Districts of the United States District Court.