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Unformatted text preview: Proteinuria is not specific to hydrocephalus. Stimulus should be kept at a
minimum because of the increase in intracranial pressure. It is not necessary to check the blood pressure every 30 minutes.
52. Hydrocephalus If the shunt is broken or malfunctioning, the fluid from the ventricle part of the brain will not be diverted to the
peritoneal cavity. The cerebrospinal fluid will build up in the cranial area. The result is increased intracranial pressure, which
then causes a high-pitched cry in the infant. The infant should not have pressure placed on the shunt side. Skin breakdown and
possible compressions to the apparatus could result. This type of shunt affects the gastrointestinal system, not the genitourinary
system. An infant refusing food is only a concern if the infant becomes malnourished or dehydrated, which then could raise the
body temperature. Otherwise, the infant¶s refusing baby food has no direct relationship to the shunt functioning.
53. Spina Bifida (Myelomeningocele type)
Newborn infants with spina bifida (myelomeningocele type) are at risk for
hydrocephalus; therefore, the head circumf...
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