had a y connector placed at 6 weeks when fluid continued to build
had 6 shunt replacements between the ages of 1 and 3 and an additional 2 replacements at age and none since.
is now 19 years old and has struggled significantly in school due to learning disabilities and social judgement issues.
has a history of asthma and allergies.
The reason I ask is because his father is very concerned about his expectancy as he vividly remembers our ped neuro suggesting that children with hydrocephalus don't typically live beyond the age of 24. I have tried to reassure him that the doctor was referring to patients pre shunting and other medical advances but he seems fixated on this information. I want to provide him some reassurance for his own well being but also for the well being of my son who has a hard enough time with decifering whats real from whats drama. Any information or references you could that are written in simple language would be wonderful! I am also speaking to my sons new neurosurgeon (although he didn't really have much to offer) and continuing to search on the net.