Posttraumatic Hydrocephalus Medication

Updated: Feb 03, 2021
  • Author: John J Danko, DO, FAAPMR; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

The management of hydrocephalus centers on the reduction of intracranial pressure and on the correction of factors that lead to increased ICP. Elevation of the head may help to reduce pressure, as well as to maintain normotensive blood pressure. Medications with osmotic effects (such as mannitol) or that reduce CSF production (such as acetazolamide) may have limited value. Hence, medications likely do not play a major role in the treatment of posttraumatic hydrocephalus (PTH).

The discontinuation of medications that may contribute to the impairment of cognitive or physical functioning should be considered.