Ethical Dilemmas In Postnatal Treatment Of Severe Congenital Hydrocephalus.

Title

Ethical Dilemmas In Postnatal Treatment Of Severe Congenital Hydrocephalus.

Creator

Wilkinson D

Publisher

Cambridge Quarterly Of Healthcare Ethics

Date

2016

Subject

Decision Making/ethics; Ethics Medical; Female; Humans; Hydrocephalus/diagnosis; Hydrocephalus/therapy; Infant; Infant Premature; Intensive Care Neonatal/ethics; Male; Medical Futility/ethics; Postnatal Care/ethics; Quality Of Life; Severity Of Illness Index; Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt/ethics; Withholding Treatment/ethics
Children; Hydrocephalus; Medical Ethics; Medical Futility; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Withdrawing Treatment

Description

Severe congenital hydrocephalus manifests as accumulation of a large amount of excess fluid in the brain. It is a paradigmatic example of a condition in which diagnosis is relatively straightforward and long-term survival is usually associated with severe disability. It might be thought that, should parents agree, palliative care and limitation of treatment would be clearly permissible on the basis of the best interests of the infant. However, severe congenital hydrocephalus illustrates some of the neuroethical challenges in pediatrics. The permissibility of withholding or withdrawing treatment is limited by uncertainty in prognosis and the possibility of "palliative harm." Conversely, although there are some situations in which treatment is contrary to the interests of the child, or unreasonable on the grounds of limited resources, acute surgical treatment of hydrocephalus rarely falls into that category.

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Citation List Month

May 2016 List

Citation

Wilkinson D, “Ethical Dilemmas In Postnatal Treatment Of Severe Congenital Hydrocephalus.,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 20, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/10599.

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