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JodyB
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Follow up on Leo

Post by JodyB » Mon May 05, 2008 8:41 am

The vets found fluid on Leo's brain. He has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus. The odd thing is that most dogs that get this show signs of being some what learning disabled and get it as young puppies. Leo has always been extremely smart and is 4 years old. I hope that this doesn't permanently effect his intelligence. It could also be the result of an injury, but He hasn't had any head injuries since we have had him. We will probaly never know if this is congenital or if it was from an injury or illness.

Leo has been a bit lethargic and not quite himself all weekend. I hope that is just an effect of the anesthesia. He seemed a bit more perky this morning, but not 100% yet. I saw the images of his brain. It looks like two small sinus cavities in the back of his brain. I really learned the benefit of having a specialist on Friday. Leo saw two vets on Friday at the same office. A regular vet, that seemed very kind and competent, and a neurologist. The regular vet admitted to me that she did see the cavities at first. It was the neurologist that spotted them and showed her. So even a very good general practioner might not recognize this. An eeg was also run. Leo has abnormal brain waves, probably because of nerve damage from the fluid. They told me that the brain waves might improve, but probably not. However, they shouldn't get any worse because the treatment should remove the excess fluid.

Leo's current treatment is:
Dyna-lode Q10 (vitamins) twice a day
Dexamethasone .5mg 1/2 tablet twice a day
Taurine liquid twice a day
thyro tabs twice a day

I hope this works.

MK's mom
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Post by MK's mom » Mon May 05, 2008 9:45 am

What do they do for dogs with this? Do they implant shunts like they do with humans? What kind of prognosis did they give you?

Vivian
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JodyB
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Post by JodyB » Mon May 05, 2008 10:24 am

The vet told me that they normally do not put shunts in dogs because they are not that successful. The angle of the dogs head and neck and walking on all fours is not conducive to adequate drainage. Humans drain well with a shunt because we spent so much time sitting upright or standing. They told me the risk of surgery outweighed the benefits at this point. The dexanethasone will hopefully reduce the fluid. If medications don't work, we would try the shunt. We will do whatever is necessary.

They tell me that the prognosis is good.

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Post by MK's mom » Mon May 05, 2008 12:18 pm

That's great that you'll be able to manage this on drugs alone, hopefully no surgery will be necessary. did they say anthing about future seizure activity?

Vivian
Nathan
3.5 yo Irish Setter boy
First seizure 7/26/2013
Last seizure 3/24/2014
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Post by Mandypop » Tue May 06, 2008 3:56 am

Hi there

I am very interested in your post, as it was discovered after MRI scans, that my dog Poppy had hydrocephalus. Poppy has narrowed tubes which do not drain the fluid away from the brain as normal, and after a second MRI scan for comparison, the Neurologist concluded that this was a congenital fault with Poppy.

We did discuss VP shunts, but as there is not a large build up of fluid, and as Poppy doesn't seem to have any other effects from the fluid build up, we did not go for that option at the moment.

The Neurologist could not say whether the seizures were caused by the hyrocephalus. I still put the start of Poppy's seizures down to worming with Drontal PLUS.

Good luck with Leo and hope all goes well.
Mandy & Poppy
Poppy - 9 year old whippet/greyhound (20 kg)

First seizure- 17th Oct 2006
Last seizure - 17th Nov 2009

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Post by JodyB » Tue May 06, 2008 7:15 am

The vet thought that the hydrocephalus was only part of the cause. It made Leo likely to have seizures. There were some stressors that were occurring also. My daughter's dog visited, the baby chicks were moved to where he couldn't see them, the other dog killed a chick, etc., etc. But once the seizures started everything escalated. The vet feels that, if it wasn't for the hydrocephalus, Leo could have handled the other stressors better. Maybe it is a blessing the seizures started because it caused a visit to the neurologist and the hydrocephalus was discovered before it caused more serious brain damage.

I know that Leo will have a lower than average seizure threshold, but I hope that the seizures a few and far between. Last night Leo started to perk up. He hasn't been his playful, ebnergetic self lately, but last night he actually played with one of his toys.

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Post by skywalker160 » Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:54 pm

I knew a chick who had hydrocephalus and she went on about how drilling a hole into the back of her spinal cord around her neck was.

I don't know how useful this is to you but she seemed to be pleased with it.

Hope this helps.

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