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A 28-year-old female asked:

does shunttap yielding only .5cc csf rule out partial occlusion? meaning shunttap if partial occlusion was present would likely be dry yielding nocsf?

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Dr. Estrada Bernard
Neurosurgery 38 years experience
No: The yield of a small volume of CSF does not rule out partial shunt obstruction.

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