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A 18-year-old male asked:

What are things that are bad for vp shunts bc i wanna extend the life of it as much as possible

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Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Hydrocephalus : Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts are remarkably durable six weeks after implantation. Thereafter, the risk of malfunction is 1%/year and the silicone tubing and valve can last 25 years. The VP shunts are self-sufficient and no maintenance is required. Valve adjustments may be necessary from time to time but this is infrequent too.

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Last updated Aug 3, 2014

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