A 18-year-old male asked:
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what are the chances of a vp shunt breaking today. its been in for 13 years. ?

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Dr. Raymond Baule
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Rather low: It depends upon when it was put in and when it was last revised.
Answered on Apr 25, 2015
Dr. Kenneth Liu
19 years experience Neurosurgery
It's possible. : Shunts can stop working at any time. Speak to your physician if you are concerned.
Answered on Jul 10, 2018

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