Hydrocephalus Treatment Cost In Malaysia

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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.

Hydrocephalus Treatment cost in Malaysia is between USD 6300 to USD 7700. Patient has to stay in the hospital for 7 days and outside the hospital for 5 days. The total cost of the treatment depends on the diagnosis and facilities opted by the patient.

Inclusions in the package

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 Treatment

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

Cost related to Hydrocephalus Treatment in Malaysia

Listing approximate price of Hydrocephalus Treatment and some related procedures. The prices may change depending upon the centers and condition of the patient.

Treatment name Cost range
Hydrocephalus Treatment USD 5600 to USD 8400

Frequently asked questions related to expenses that most patients have when planing for Hydrocephalus Treatment.

What is the cost of tests for hydrocephalus treatment?

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

Are the pharmacy and medicines cost included in the package?

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.

How long the patient has to stay in the hospital after the treatment?

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.

Hydrocephalus Treatment - Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Hydrocephalus cost in different countries?

For patients planning to travel abroad it is useful to know the price in destinations popular with medical travellers. The price for Hydrocephalus in different countries is approximately:

  • India USD 2800 to USD 4200
  • Turkey USD 4800 to USD 7200
  • Thailand USD 4400 to USD 6600
  • Germany USD 15200 to USD 22800
  • Israel USD 22400 to USD 33600
  • Singapore USD 32000 to USD 48000

List of Centers for Hydrocephalus Treatment in Malaysia

Popular Cities in Malaysia for Hydrocephalus Treatment are:

Leading Hospitals for Hydrocephalus Treatment in Malaysia

Doctors for Hydrocephalus Treatment in Malaysia

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

Listing popular specialists:

 Mr. B. Gunasekaran

Mr. B. Gunasekaran

Consultant, 40 years of experience

Location Gleneagles Hospital, Penang

Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Dr. Selvapragasam T.

Dr. Selvapragasam T.

Consultant, 48 years of experience

Location Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Cranio-Spinal Surgery Ablation Stereotactic therapy Spinal surgery Traumatic brain & spine surgery Neurosurgical disorders Cervical spondylosis Lumbar spondylosis Spinal tumours/ lesions

Dr Sani Bin Sayuthi

Dr Sani Bin Sayuthi

Senior Consultant, 20 years of experience

Location Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh, Malacca

Brain surgery, Epilepsy Surgery and Spine surgery.

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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