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Unread 05-06-2007, 02:04 PM   #1
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I became a member in April of '07 as soon as I found out I had a colloid cyst and had it removed. The tumor was removed 100% and all was well. Then about a month later I started getting the headache again that I had before the surgery. After suffering with it for about a half a day I called the surgeon and they sent me back to the ER. Once there (or should I say 7 hours later!) I got a new CT scan and lo and behold! Where the tumor had been removed built up so much scar tissue during healing that it sealed off the ventricle again! So, I now have a permanent shunt in the brain.
Now, I was never told this was a possibility and only after it happened was I told it "sometimes" happens. Has anyone else ever had this happen? What are the pro's and con's of having the permanent shunt? Please, I would love to hear from all that have a brain shunt and the experiences, both good and bad, that I may expect! I do know the shunt surgery was by far worse than the original tumor removal as far as the pain level and the healing is going. I am just curious though if I will be able to see this tubing running down my neck and chest for the rest of my life, what happens if I get in an accident and damage this tubing? Will the back of my head always feel like there is a huge wad of something underneath my skin? Please, please help!
Thanks so much!
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Unread 05-06-2007, 03:43 PM   #2
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Hi Miss Holly

I just wanted to welcome you to NeuroTalk

I hope someone with knowledge re Colloid Cysts and Brain Shunts will respond soon with support and information for you

I am also going to copy your post to our General Health Forum in case someone reading there may be able to share with you on this

here is the link to your copied post there for you to check for answers
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/sh...ad.php?t=19043
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Unread 05-07-2007, 01:12 PM   #3
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Hello and thank you for the information thus far! Seems this Colloid cyst and then having a VP shunt afterwards is a rarity as I have not really heard from many on it. Am I one of the few that this has happened to? I am wondering if my surgeon did something wrong with the original surgery to cause this? My shunt is now only 5 days old, I still have a lot of pain and soreness. The ns refuses pain medication as he said it is his experience that it is not needed a few days after surgery. This is my second brain surgery in 30 days! I just don't understand how they can "mainline" morphine into you and give you oral pain medication on top of that every 4 hours while in the hospital and then send you home wth 20 tablets and expect you will be just fine! Is that normal? Am I just being a baby with the pain? I can take some pain but with all of the other problems why are they forcing it on me? I just don't know what to do at this point. My ns is worried about addiction - just get me through this and I will worry about addiction at a later point! How addicted can a person get when they truly need the medications and have only taken 20 tablets? Should I get another Dr? Has anyone else gone through this, please! I need help!
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Unread 09-16-2007, 12:51 AM   #4
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Hello Ms Holly
[Only recently joined this organization just thought would send a message to you saying that I have had a colliod cyst removed some 20 years ago now it Seems like a life time ago now I also have a vp shunt fitted from my head to my chest The only part that you can eel is the value behind my left ear it bothered me at first but now I dont even think about it ,the only thing that still follows me today is neckache around shuntarea /headaches /tinnitus in my right ear which I have visited my ns in Oxford but they say that there is not much they can do .but since that point in time have lived my life ,travelled around the world, worked at many jobs (small short term memory problem)but still enjoying as much as i can when i can I am now some 54yrs old .The kids have grown up and have there own houses now
hopefully you are all keeping well
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Unread 09-24-2007, 07:41 PM   #5
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Default Same here. Colloid cyst. VP shunt 2 weeks later

Hello Miss Holly:

I had my cyst out in 99 and then 2 weeks later had a VP shunt put in. Internally, I can't feel it at all. Externally, I can feel the bump and follow the tubing down to my chest.

I have an executive function disorder. I can only work on one task at a time and cannot multi-task... no biggie, really.

I also thought that the shunt surgery was far worse but my wife tells me the reality is otherwise.

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I wish you the best of health.

Take care,
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Unread 01-07-2008, 08:17 AM   #6
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Default Craniotomy for Colloid Cyst/VP Shunt

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Hello all and Hello Holly,
Yes you can have a VP Shunt placement, if you continue to have some symptoms Ex: Intracranial Pressure from Hydrocephalus (Accumulation of CSF)
My brother just underwent a craniotomy for extraction of a colloid cyst of the third ventricle on Dec 11, 2007 after experiencing 1 week of Hydrocephalus. After a few days, while in ICU, he improved but he began to experience Hydrocephalus symptoms again and a Permanent VP shunt was placed. Some noticable improvement was made, however after another few days, slight Intracranial Pressure was noted and they placed a temporary drain (Venticulostomy). After a few days he improved, the drain was removed and after 18 days in ICU, he was transferred to the regular floor. He is improving day to day. He's forgetful and everyday we go over a lot of different things with him. It's a challenge. He loves music and we sing a lot. Hopefully in the next few days he will be transferred to rehabilitation to obtain Physical Therapy as well as other therapies. I would like to know if your memory comes back fully or is it still a struggle? Can you return back to your normal life and work and drive? Very concerned sister.

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Unread 01-09-2008, 01:44 AM   #7
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Hi Kooky,
I wanted to respond to you (Holly, I hope you don't mind me jumping into your thread). I had a colloid cyst removed in Nov 2000. I had severe hydro which caused me to have temporary loss of sight in my left eye. I had a crainiotomy and the cyst was removed completely. I had to have speech and occupational therapy afterwards for quite some time, (1 month in patient, 9 months out patient) but I am doing very well now.

My memory was almost nonexistant at first. My therapists at the rehab hospital devised different plans and techniques to help me with my memory retraining. They had me use what they called a "Memory Book". It was a simple spiral notebook I carried every where. My therapists had me write down information, then asked me to review it to help with memory skills.

Me being the rebellious one I am, at first thought I could work around this. I learned very quickly, I needed to follow the rules they were putting into place. Each therapist asked religiously if I had my memory book.

I eventually moved to a pocket calendar, and a wall calendar to remember dates.

Memory does improve. It can take awhile. Consistant notetaking helps immensly, as does consistant brain stimulation. (Reading, writing, music, art, puzzles, etc.)Please tell him to keep a positive attitude, and try to laugh at mistakes. It gets better as the brain heals, and new pathways are developed.

Best wishes to your brother, and you. Please let us know how he is doing, Dodi
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Unread 01-14-2008, 01:40 PM   #8
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My 15 year old son had a colloid cyst removed in June of 2007. Due to the removal of the cyst his brain was severely damaged. We have had 13 surgeries total since June. They had put in a brain shunt for hydro that was caused by scar tissue. We had revision after revision trying to get the shunt to work for him. Well it never did... We kept praying for an other answer. Our Neurosurgeon (not the original dr. that removed the cyst) looked for alternatives and found a surgeon in our area that has successfully removed scar tissue from the damaged areas of the brain a few times before. On Dec. 8th 2007 he under went surgery again and as of today is shunt free and processing all CSF on his own. We are still not out of the woods yet but things are looking good in at least that area of this whole horrible thing.


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Hello All
I became a member in April of '07 as soon as I found out I had a colloid cyst and had it removed. The tumor was removed 100% and all was well. Then about a month later I started getting the headache again that I had before the surgery. After suffering with it for about a half a day I called the surgeon and they sent me back to the ER. Once there (or should I say 7 hours later!) I got a new CT scan and lo and behold! Where the tumor had been removed built up so much scar tissue during healing that it sealed off the ventricle again! So, I now have a permanent shunt in the brain.
Now, I was never told this was a possibility and only after it happened was I told it "sometimes" happens. Has anyone else ever had this happen? What are the pro's and con's of having the permanent shunt? Please, I would love to hear from all that have a brain shunt and the experiences, both good and bad, that I may expect! I do know the shunt surgery was by far worse than the original tumor removal as far as the pain level and the healing is going. I am just curious though if I will be able to see this tubing running down my neck and chest for the rest of my life, what happens if I get in an accident and damage this tubing? Will the back of my head always feel like there is a huge wad of something underneath my skin? Please, please help!
Thanks so much!
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Unread 01-15-2008, 10:04 AM   #9
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Justjanie,
Best wishes to your son. I hope this last surgery is all he will need from this point forward.

Please ask any questions you may have. Someone will answer. Take Care, Dodi
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Unread 01-16-2008, 12:16 AM   #10
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Hello All! I was wondering if anyone has or has a loved one that has severe short term memory loss from the removal of a colloid cyst. My sons cyst was 8millimeters when they found and removed it. The dr said it needed to be removed right away because we know he did not have it 3 years ago when he had a series of scans and the such done do to his dentist finding an unrelated tumor in his jaw at that time. So the fact that it was not there 3 years ago and now then it was and was pretty large for a short period of time to have grown was the concern. The cyst turned out to be vascular fed (which the 1st surgeon missed on the scans for some reason) and in the process of removing it my son went in to arrest but only for a moment. They changed from the endoscopic surgery to a craniotomy immediatly but the damage was done none the less. My son has not been able to return to school, needs constant supervision. He can't remember hardly anything(if he ate, what color is his toothbrush, if we went anywhere today etc). We are going to rehabilitation 5 days a week 3 hours a day and there has been some improvement but only small steps forward. I just don't know what to expect or what to do to help him more. Has anyone been through this and gotten better?
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