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A 23-year-old male asked:

are chiropractors bad for shunts?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe. Not known.: A chiropractor is not a medical doctor. It is better to see a physiatrist (also known as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor) or see an Orthopedic Spine doctor. Always have a primary care doctor to check for general problems, and he or she can refer to the other specialists. After seeing the doctors, Physical Therapy may offer some help, depending on what the diagnosis is.

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Are there any options other than a shunt to help with hydrocephalus ?

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Dr. John Stork
Anesthesiology 43 years experience
Possibly.: Hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage in cerebrospinal fluid flow. Depending on exactly where the blockage is, it might be amenable to an endoscopic 3rd ventriculostomy, where a small hole is punctured in the floor of the third ventricle to relieve the blockage. No external shunt is needed in these cases. If the blockage is in the wrong area however, this will not work.
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How does a shunt work to treat hydrocephalus?

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Relieves csf: A shunt diverts CSF that is accumulating in the spaces of the brain called ventricles to the abdominal space. Normally the CSF which is produced in the ventricles exists through small pores in the ventricles to circulate the brain and down the spinal cord. If those pores are blocked or the CSF can not drain to the spinal cord, then it accumulates in the ventricles and decrease brain tissue.
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What's are the difference between the three available programmable shunts commonly used to treat hydrocephalus?

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Dr. Jonathan Megerian
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Several Differences: Several differences exist. One the number of pressure settings, available to program, another is the ability to tolerate exposure to mri. Finally, the ability to 'virtually shut the device off' by using a high pressure setting is another feature present that may or may not be present in a given device. Disclosure: i work for one of the companies that make these devices.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a fistula and a shunt?

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Dr. Anthony Cusano
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Dialysis shunts.: A shunt is a term for the connection that shunts blood from an artery to a vein, bypassing the microscopic network in the tissues that normally connect them. This allows a high blood flow access for pulling blood from the body to the dialysis filter. A fistula is a shunt that has a direct connection of a native artery and native vein, rather than using an artificial tube to make the connection.
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What exacly is a shunt for dialysis?

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Fistula: It is a sort of connection between artery and vein either using own blood vessels or with synthetic graft. This site is the access for hemodialysis.

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