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is there any way to stop needing your vp shunt forever

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ken Yonemura
36 years experience Neurosurgery
VP Shunt: Some patients have maintained the ability to reabsorb spinal fluid and the primary problem is a blockage within the pathways in the brain. In those s ... Read More
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Unlikely: The original indication dictates the need and the permanence.

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience Neurosurgery
No: If you require a ventriculoperitoneal shunt, it will not be for a reversible condition except in a few circumstances. There are times when they can b ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: Many people outgrow the need for their shunt as they grow. But be careful, sometimes it's been working and you just don't know it until it fails. See ... Read More
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Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Unlikely: Ask your neurologist or surgeon.
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience Neurosurgery
No: Typically, a VP shunt for hydrocephalus is a permanent need.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
13 years experience Family Medicine
Shouldn't...: A vp shunt shouldn't stop hair from growing. Only probably at the place where it's inserted in the scalp.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Atif Haque
17 years experience Neurosurgery
None on drugs.com: A search for interactions between these two meds showed no known adverse interaction.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Shunt indepedence: A common asked question but a commonly unknown answer. Very few patients with shunts truly become independent, in my own experience it is probably onl ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nabila Babar
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Where is the pain?: if no sign if infection like fever, headache drainage then yes the pain will resolve.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
32 years experience Neurosurgery
Follow-ups: After tumor removal there is need for follow up visits to follow any progression or recurrence of the tumor. If the shunt is functioning and the inc ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Hydrocephalus shunts: Follow ups varied from doctor to doctor but a standard routine is a yearly visit for checkup under age 18. Over 18, if the patient has been stable the ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roger Frankel
28 years experience Neurosurgery
CSF diversion: It is tubing and a one way valve that drains cerebrospinal fluid(csf) made in the brain into the abdominal cavity.
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