Hydrocephalus Cost In Egypt

Cost of Hydrocephalus in Egypt: Detailed Overview



A condition of the brain where the cerebrospinal fluid is being accumulated abnormally in the brain and ventricles is called hydrocephalus.

This extra fluid tends to put pressure on the brain and nervous system, causing a lot of trouble and symptoms like

  • Headache
  • Large head size
  • Seizures
  • Loss of speech and control

Large head size is seen in infants as their skull bone is not fused.


To treat hydrocephalus, immediate drainage of CSF fluid is arranged by surgically inserting a tube or shunt to drain out the excessive fluid.

This tube is monitored till the symptoms subside and the patient is kept on regular follow-up.

Medicines are given which are diuretic in nature and help in flushing out the excessive fluid.

Doctors for Hydrocephalus in Egypt

The doctor for treating such conditions are Neurosurgeons, Head and Neck surgeons, and Pediatric Surgeons.

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The cost of Hydrocephalus Treatment includes:

  • Preoperative diagnostic tests cost (X-ray or MRI may be done) 

  • Surgery cost 

  • Type of surgery (surgical shunt implantation or endoscopic third ventriculostomy)

  • Post-Operative cost (depends on the number of follow-up sessions)

  • Medicine cost (antibiotics, painkillers, etc.)

  • Patient's hospital stay (may need to stay for 2-4 days)

Factors affecting cost of Hydrocephalus

The overall cost of the procedure also varies based on the patient's condition and preferences. Some of these factors are:

 

  • Type of hospital and room opted (General, Twin sharing or single room)

  • The severity of the disease

  • Post-surgical complication, if it happens (such as Walking problems, mild dementia, and bladder control issues usually show some improvement within days after surgery)

  • Cost of Blood products (if required)

  • Age of the patient

  • An extended stay at the Hospital

  • Cost of Accommodation during follow-ups, in case the patient is not a local resident

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Success Rate

The success rate is highly variable, and it depends upon a lot of factors, like

  • The age of the patient
  • The reason for the condition
  • How long the state has been sustained.

In general, the survival percentage is 24-75%.

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Frequently Asked Questions Related to Hydrocephalus Cost

MRI scans and CT scans are required to confirm a diagnosis of hydrocephalus present from birth, and that develops later in children and adults. 

All the medicines are included in the package during the time frame when the patient is in the hospital. The medicines that are consumed outside the hospital when the patient is discharged are not covered in the package.

Two surgical treatments are used to treat hydrocephalus: surgical shunt implantation and endoscopic third ventriculostomy. After the shunt implant, you will be observed for 24 hours and need to stay in the hospital for 2-4 days. You also need to stay in the hospital for 2-3 days after the endoscopic third ventriculostomy. The first follow-up after these surgeries is scheduled after 3 months, and a CT scan or MRI should be done at that time. If you have hydrocephalus, you need a shunt system for regular monitoring for the rest of your life.

A typical child who receives a shunt requires 2-5 operations throughout their life to maintain it. Some children require a single operation while others have numerous shunt revisions, sometimes several in one year. Children might need an occupational therapist specializing in therapy to develop everyday skills. It is a lifelong condition that requires long-term care and lifelong follow-up. While recovering from hydrocephalus surgery, it is recommended to avoid any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks.

Luckily, individuals diagnosed with hydrocephalus are qualified for a traditional term or whole life insurance policy.

There is no alternative treatment, and the standard treatment is the surgical implantation of a shunt. It redirects cerebrospinal fluid to another part of the body.

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