Unofficial copy as of 06/02/18 14 reg. Sess. 14 Rs br 1145



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UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 06/02/18 14 REG. SESS. 14 RS BR 1145

A RESOLUTION recognizing September as Hydrocephalus Awareness Month.

WHEREAS, derived from the Greek words "hydro" meaning water and "cephalus" meaning head, hydrocephalus is a condition in which the primary characteristic is excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain resulting in the abnormal widening of ventricles which can create potentially harmful pressure on the tissues of the brain; and

WHEREAS, the number of people who develop hydrocephalus or who are currently living with it is difficult to establish since there is no national registry or database of people with the condition. Nevertheless, experts estimate that it affects an estimated one million Americans and approximately one in every 500 children, making it the leading cause of brain surgery in children; and

WHEREAS, the causes of hydrocephalus are still not well understood though it is estimated that there are over 50 different causes. It may result from inherited genetic abnormalities, developmental disorders, complications of premature births, diseases, tumors, traumatic head injury, or subarachnoid hemorrhage. However, a growing number of military service members and veterans are developing post-traumatic hydrocephalus as a result of traumatic brain injury; and

WHEREAS, there are many different types of hydrocephalus, including congenital hydrocephalus, acquired hydrocephalus, communicating hydrocephalus, non-communicating hydrocephalus, hydrocephalus ex-vacuo, and normal pressure hydrocephalus; and

WHEREAS, most often, hydrocephalus is treated by surgically inserting a shunt system which diverts the flow of cerebrospinal fluid to another area of the body where it can be absorbed as part of the normal circulatory process; and

WHEREAS, although hydrocephalus poses risks to both cognitive and physical development, many children diagnosed with the disorder benefit from surgical procedures, rehabilitation therapies, and educational interventions and go on to live healthy lives with few limitations; and

WHEREAS, raising awareness about hydrocephalus will play a key role in prevention, treatment, and educating others and will result in better health for all individuals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and throughout the nation;

NOW, THEREFORE,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

Section 1. The House of Representatives encourages initiatives raising awareness about and encouraging education on hydrocephalus.

Section 2. The House of Representatives hereby recognizes September as Hydrocephalus Awareness Month.

Section 3. The Clerk of the House of Representatives is directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to Ms. Sarah Wilson-Kraft, 725 Conway Place, Mayfield, Kentucky 42066.

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