Which medications are used in the treatment of hydrocephalus?

Updated: Jun 04, 2018
  • Author: Stephen L Nelson, Jr, MD, PhD, FAACPDM, FAAN, FAAP; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Medications include acetazolamide and furosemide. These are helpful for temporizing the hydrocephalus until compensation occurs. If compensation does not occur, then shunting is indicated.

Medications should not be used in patients with functional shunts.

Medication is not effective in long-term treatment of chronic hydrocephalus, and it may induce metabolic consequences.

If seizures occur, antiepileptic drugs are recommended.


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