4 Incidence Occurs in 3-4 of every 1000 births. Cause may be congenital or acquired.Congenital- may be due to maldevelopment or intrauterine infectionAcquired- may be due to infection, neoplasm or hemorrhage.
5 Pathophysiology CSF is formed by two mechanisms: Secretion by the choroid plexus,Lymphatic-like drainage by the extracellular fluid in brain.CSF circulates thru ventricular system and is absorbed within subarachnoid spaces by unknown mechanism.
7 Mechanisms of Fluid Imbalance Hydrocephalus results from:1. Impaired absorption of CSF within the subarachnoid space (communicating hydrocephalus), or2. Obstruction to the flow of CSF through the ventricular system (non-communicating hydrocephalus)
8 Mechanisms of fluid imbalance Both lead to increase accumulation of CSF in the ventricles!Ventricles become dilated and compress the brain.When this happens before cranial sutures are closed, skull enlarges.In children <10-12, previously closed sutures may open.
9 HydrocephalusMost cases of non-communicating (obstructive) hydrocephalus are a result of developmental malformations.Other causes: neoplasms, intrauterine infections, trauma.Developmental defects account for most causes of hydrocephalus from birth to 2 years of age. (Table 11-3, page 497- sites and types of hydrocephalus)
10 Common Defects Arnold-Chiari Malformation (ACM) Type 2 malformation of brain seen most exclusively with myelomeningocele, is characterized by herniation of a small cerebellum, medulla, pons, and fourth ventricle into the cervical spinal canal through an enlarged foramen magnum.
12 Clinical manifestations Clinical picture depends on acuity of onset and presence of preexisting structural lesions.
13 Infancy Head grows at alarming rate with hydrocephalus. First signs- bulging of fontanels without head enlargement.Tense, bulging, non-pulsatile anterior fontanelDilated scalp veins, esp. when cryingThin skull bones with separated sutures (cracked pot sounds on percussion)
17 Infancy Protruding forehead or bossing. Depressed eyes or setting-sun eyes (eyes rotating or downward with sclera visible above pupil)Pupils sluggish with unequal response to lightIrritability, lethargy, feeds poorly, changes in LOC, arching of back (opisthotonos), lower extremity spasticity.May cry when picked up or rocked; quiets when allowed to lay still.
18 InfancySwallowing difficulties, stridor, apnea, aspiration, respiratory difficulties and arm weakness may indicate brain stem compression.If hydrocephalus progresses, difficulty sucking and feeding, and a high-pitched shrill cry results. (lower brain stem dysfunction)
19 InfancyEmesis, somnolence, seizures, and cardiopulmonary distress ensues and hydrocephalus progresses.Severely affected infants may not survive neonatal period.
21 Childhood Signs and symptoms caused by increased ICP. Manifestations caused by posterior neoplasms and aqueduct stenosis, manifestations associated with space-occupying lesions.
22 ChildhoodHeadache on awakening with improvement following emesis or sitting up.Papilledema (swelling of optic disc DT obstruction), strabismus, and extrapyramidal tract signs such as ataxiaIrritability, lethargy, apathy, confusion, and often incoherent
24 Childhood Dandy-Walker syndrome- congenital defect-late onset. Obstruction of foramen of Lushka and MagendieBulging occiput, nystagmus, ataxia, cranial nerve palsiesFemale predominance (3:1)Absence or occlusion of ventricles
25 Diagnostic Evaluation Antenatal- fetal ultrasound as early as 14 weeksInfancy- based on head circumference crosses one or more grid lines on the infant growth chart within a 4 week period and there are progressive neuro signs.CT and MRI to localize site of obstruction; reveal large ventricles
26 Therapeutic management Goals:Relieve hydrocephalyTreat complicationsManage problem resulting from effects of disorder on psychomotor developmentUSUALLY SURGICAL!
27 Surgical Treatment Therapy of choice! Direct removal of source of obstruction (neoplasm, cyst, or hematoma)Most require shunt procedure to drain CSF from ventricles to extracranial area; usually peritoneum(VP shunt), or right atrium (VA shunt) for absorption.
31 VA shuntReserved for older children who have attained most of somatic growth, or children with abdominal pathology.Contraindicated in children with cardiopulmonary disease or with elevated CSF protein.
34 Major Complications Shunt infection is most serious complication! Period of greatest risk is 1 to 2 months following placement.Staph and strep most common organisms
35 ComplicationsMechanical difficulties kinking, plugging, migration of tubing.Malfunction is most often by mechanical obstruction!Look for signs of increased ICP; fever, inflammation and abdominal pain.
36 Post-op care In addition to routine post-op care: 1. Place on unoperated side to prevent pressure on shunt valve2. Keep HOB flat; rapid decrease in IC fluid may cause subdural hematoma due to small vein rupture in cerebral cortex.3. Do not pump shunt without specific direction from doctor (too many different pump devices)
37 Post-op care4. Observe for signs of Increased ICP! May indicate obstruction of shunt!Assess pupil size; as pressure on oculomotor nerve may cause dilation on same side as pressure.Blood pressure may be variable due to hypoxia to brainstemAbdominal distention- due to CSF peritonitis or post-op ileus due to catheter placement.
38 Post-op5. Monitor I and O- may be on fluid restriction or NPO for 24 hours to prevent fluid overload.6. Monitor VS- increased temp may indicate infection.7. Give good skin care to prevent tissue damage, etc.
39 Family supportFearCommunication of proceduresPrepare for discharge.
40 SPINA BIFIDANeural Tube defects are largest group of congenital anomalies.Failure of neural tube to close produces defects of either entire neural tube or small areas.
41 Etiology Anacephaly and spina bifida occur together very often. Higher in females than males50% occur due to nutritional deficiency (folic acid)
42 Spina BifidaDefined as midline defects involving failure of the bony spine to close.Spina bifida occulta- defect not visible externally.Occurs most often in lumbosacral area.Not apparent unless there are gait disturbances, foot deformities, sphincter dysfunction or other neuromuscular manifestations.Many people with occulta will never have any deficits and may not know they have it.
43 Spina BifidaSpina Bifida cystica- visible defect with external saclike protrusion.A. meningocele- encases meninges and spinal fluid, but no neurological deficits.B. meningomyelocele-contains meninges, spinal fluid, and nerves. Neuromotor deficits depend on anatomic level of protrusion and nerves involved.
47 Meningomyelocele AKA spina bifida Develops during first 28 days of pregnancy when neural tube fails to close and fuse.90% of spinal cord lesions, and may occur at any point along spine.Sac usually enclosed in fine membrane that is prone to tears.
48 meningomyelocele Largest number in lumbar or lumbosacral area 90-95% of children have hydrocephalusCareful monitoring of head size importantChiari malformation may be present: observe infant for stridor, hoarse cry from vocal cord paralysis; feeding difficulties, deteriorating upper extremity function.
49 Clinical manifestations S/S vary according to degree of spinal defect.Readily apparent on inspection!Loss of sensation below lesionPoor urinary and bladder controlJoint deformities in lower extremitiesScoliosis or kyphosisHip dislocations
50 Diagnostic evaluation Examination of meningeal sac and clinical manifestationsMRI, CT to assess condition of brain and spinal cord. Other defects may be present.Prenatal- fetal ultrasound or amniotic fluid sample for (alpha-fetal protein (AFP).Test should be done between 16 and 18 weeks of gestation. Afterwards AFP level drops, making detection of SB difficult. Also, therapeutic abortion not option after this time.
52 Therapeutic management Multi-disciplinary approachNeurology, neuro-surgery, pediatrics, urology, orthopedics, rehabilitation, PT, OT, social services, intensive nursing in many areas.
53 Goals 1. prevent infection 2. early closure of lesion, within 72 hours (prevents infection and trauma to exposed tissues, and prevents further motor impairment). Goal is satisfactory skin coverage of lesion!3. PT for specific deformity
54 Goals Physical therapy to prevent joint contractures. Correct deformity, prevent skin breakdown, obtain best ambulatory functioning
55 Goals Management of genitourinary function: Mylemeningocele is a common cause of neurogenic bladder which leads to urinary system distress (frequent UTI’s, ureterohydronephrosis, vesicoureteral reflux, renal insufficiency.Urinary incontinence is common
56 Goals Clean, intermittent catherization as a conservative treatment. Vesicostomy (anterior wall of bladder brought through abdominal wall to create stoma) may be done for bladder control.Meticulous skin care is needed!
57 Nursing carePre-opPositioning to keep off sac (use diaper rolls, pads or sandbags)Keep in prone positionCan be challenging!More difficult to keep clean, pressure areas a threat, feeding a problem
58 Nursing care Pre-op Turn head on side for feeding Diapering may be contraindicated until repair and healing has taken place.Constant stooling due to affected bowel sphincter (not diarrhea).Keep skin clean.
59 Post-op care Prone position until healing takes place! May allow side-lying- depends on doctor.Feeding resumed after anesthesia wears offComfort measure/vital signs/I & O
60 Latex allergy70% of children and adolescents with SB are sensitive to latex.Cause unknown-probably continued exposure to latex.Avoid latex, balloons, condoms, catheters, or anything with latex!
61 Post-op Use touch for stimulation, since can’t hold Observe for increased ICP, such as bulging fontanelsAssess for infection:Increased or decreased temperature, irritability, nuchal rigidity,
62 Home Care Involve parents in care Positioning/feeding/skin care/range of motion exercises/ clean catheterization when prescribed, complications.Help with assistive devices (if child is paraplegic use hands/arms, etc.)Long range planningSpina Bifida Association of America
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