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what if shunt drains to much fluid from brain

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Marra
28 years experience Radiology
VP and VA shunts: If someone is found to have hydrocephalus, or increased CSF (cerebral spinal fluid) pressure in the ventricles of the brain. Symptoms can develop suc ... Read More

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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Simon
37 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Wrong question: shunts do not drain all csf fluid, only excess fluid. This allows pressure to be maintained throughout the system evenly. You never lost fluid, just r ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
26 years experience General Surgery
No: Onlynto relieve excess pressure in the ventricles. Cysts have to be drained surgically.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Yes: A cyst is an isolated collection of fluid that may continue to fill and enlarge putting pressure on the normal brain and affecting function. A shunt w ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Kim
30 years experience Neurosurgery
Depends on pressure: The valve setting refers to a pressure value, rather than volume of csf. A setting of 140 means that the valve opens and begins draining when the pres ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yoshihiro Yamamoto
35 years experience Neurosurgery
You are right: Some of the shunt valves, but not all, have one-way valve. Newer ones have occlusive mechanism on both distal and proximal sides of valve/reservoir, ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
12 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes: A shunt is necessary if there is too much cerebral fluid in the brain. The surgeon that put it in will check it periodically to see if it is function ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Betts
32 years experience Neurosurgery
Higher pressure VP: In theory yes but not necessarily so. Only a small percentage of people with a shunt are weaned off of them. The higher pressure may be used to prev ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Shape/nature: The shunt bubble is designed to stay in it's full volume size.Compressing it distorts it's shape & it wants to resume it's resting or full size.If the ... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Check with your doc: This is very difficult. Check with at least two neurosurgeons for second or more opinion.
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