A male patient, at the age of 21 years, suffered from cerebral hemorrhage and thus underwent a decompressive craniotomy and hematoma removal procedure on July 18, 2013, due to subdural hematoma at the top left frontal temporal part. Lateral ventricle cerebrospinal fluid shunt was then performed three times alternately on the left and right sides to mitigate the expansion of bilateral ventricles and the third ventricle in the patient, who had no bacterial and fungal infections and normal protein content in the cerebrospinal fluid. After one week of discontinued usage of ventilator, intermittent apnea occurred, and the expansion of the fourth ventricle was detected by CT examination. And only 10ml of cerebrospinal fluid was found by lumbar continuous drainage in the fourth ventricle, indicating high protein content. From this point, the doctors thought that there might be occlusions between the fourth ventricle and bilateral ventricles. Then the fourth ventricle-peritoneal shunt was performed on October 20. After the procedure the patient has no spontaneous breath so far, but suffering from vomiting, abdominal distension and functional gastrointestinal disorders. And he has normal intracranial pressure now. After one-week acupuncture therapy on the points as Philtrum, Hegu, Neiguan, Zusanli and Yongquan, including acupuncture on the Baihui and Temple points two times, the body tension was gradually decreased. Currently no body tension and no response to stimulus are found in the patient with SBP (systolic blood pressure) 105 mmHg and DBP (diastolic blood pressure) 60 mmHg. Therefore, we are seeking an effective recipe for restoring his gastrointestinal function, normal response to stimulus and spontaneous breathing.
Our family is eager for your suggestions or information. Thanks.