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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roger Frankel
29 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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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
27 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
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
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More like a drain: A vp shunt is a controlled way to drain cerebral spinal fluid to decrease intracranial pressure. Vp shunts have valves that can be adjusted to control ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. R Hardwin Mead
42 years experience Cardiology
No: Can't even conceive of a connection here.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Garner
16 years experience Cardiology
Brain Drain: The brain is cushioned by a layer of fluid called CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) but in injury or inflammation, blood or blocked CSF can squeeze the brain ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Varies: I have patients who have had their shunt for 20 years which still works. I have others whose shunt fails in just a few years. Newer technology is he ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: You should be able to feel the catheter and you should be able to feel the valve under the skin.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Can't: It will not. It would require an incision in the head area to remove your shunt. They cannot fall out. They must be removed- and you'll want to be a ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Many: Headaches, dizziness, vertigo, difficulty with balance, blurred vision, difficulty looking up, nausea and other symptoms as well.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
31 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: The shunt tubing and valve (bulging part under scalp) are close enough under the skin to be felt. None of the shunt parts should be visible through th ... Read More
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