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Can shunt malfunction be prevented or detected beforehand?

Can shunt malfunction be prevented or detected beforehand?

No: Assuming ventricular shunts in the brain, proper placement is important to minimize chance of blockage. But there is no way to predict or prevent actual malfunction. Patients with shunts should be followed up regularly and discuss any symptoms of headaches, nausea, or vision problems immediately with their doctor. Surgical correction may be needed. (other shunts exist: e.g. Av dialysis ). ...Read more

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Shunt (Definition)

Device that allows the flow of usually a fluid between two places. Sometimes a shunt may be used during carotid endarterectomy surgery to maintain the blood flow to the brain while the carotid artery ...Read more


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Shunt is preventing sleep but doc wont listen what should i do ?

Shunt is preventing sleep but doc wont listen what should i do ?

Shunt: If your neurosurgeon has tested your shunt and believed it is working appropriately, you need to refocus your attention on a different cause of insomnia. Maybe consider a sleep study. Anxiety? Medication induced? ...Read more

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I'm 45 have LP shunt for 15 years.Blocks frequently. Had 12 revisions. Placed in abdomen. Is there a specific place or way to prevent blockage?

I'm 45 have LP shunt for 15 years.Blocks frequently. Had 12 revisions. Placed in abdomen. Is there a specific place or way to prevent blockage?

LP shunts: Lp shunts are problematic and prone to needing revision. I place multiple holes in the tubing and place the tubing in the bent down position. There are multiple problems with them and to a great extent there is some luck involved. What is the shunt treating? ...Read more

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Can death by anaphylaxis be prevented in hospital? My daughter had a head shunt revision and was immediately sitting up within an hour after surgery. She was visiting with family, texting her friends and professors to make up exams, six hours later she ha

See below: Anaphylaxis is a catastrophic event caused by a massive allergic reaction to something. What causes the reaction is sometimes never known. If it happens in a hospital, the patient has the best chance of surviving this event, but even that is not a guarantee. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is there a pill/medicine you can take daily to prevent a allergic reaction beforehand?

Can you tell me is there a pill/medicine you can take daily to prevent a allergic reaction beforehand?

Depends: if you want to control urticaria for exampl,e then your doctor would prescribe you a medicine to take to control the symptoms, but if you are allergic to a food or a medicine and want to take a medicine to prevent an allergic reaction due to such food or medicine you are allergic to, this is not advisable, see your doctor or your allergist and discuss your allergy problems with, take care ...Read more

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What are the signs of a vp shunt malfunction?

What are the signs of a vp shunt malfunction?

Many: Headaches, dizziness, vertigo, difficulty with balance, blurred vision, difficulty looking up, nausea and other symptoms as well. ...Read more

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How can I prevent myself from waking too early?

How can I prevent myself from waking too early?

Sleep hygeine: There can be many reasons for early arousal from sleep, including going to bed too early, problems with light exposure and levels of melatonin you secrete at night as well as aspects of depression that can cause early awakening. Discuss with your doctor whether a formal sleep evaluation would help improve this problem. ...Read more

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Quit masterbating will prevent early ejaculation?

Quit masterbating will prevent early ejaculation?

Here's the facts: Premature ejaculation is troublesome when you're in a relationship, and it can be managed scientifically. If a condom or a dab of anesthetic on your glans doesn't work, the squeeze technique (which is fun) will let you reprogram yourself, or a low dose of an ssri from your doctor. The only connection with what you do by yourself is if you have a habit of rushing for fear of being caught. ...Read more

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What is the trouble chronic venous insufficiency and what do people have to do to prevent it early on?

What is the trouble chronic venous insufficiency and what do people have to do to prevent it early on?

CVI: Terminology can be confusing. There is venous insufficiency (vi), or venous reflux as dr. Gotvald said, and there is chronic venous insufficiency (cvi). Cvi indicates that you have had severe reflux for a long time and there is already damage. On the other hand, although reflux is genetically determined and no preventable, if you have vi prevention of progression to cvi might be possible. ...Read more

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I am 41, female, I am diagnosed with early degenerative changes in c/spine. What can I do to prevent it?

I am 41, female, I am diagnosed with early degenerative changes in c/spine. What can I do to prevent it?

Unless you figured : Out how to stay young forever, not much other than avoid smoking as this is the normal aging process of the spine. The good news that this does not usually present any issue for most people even in advanced age other than some motion restriction keep a healthy lifestyle and exercise. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if strokes run in someones family, can they take meds early to prevent it more effectively?

Could you tell me if strokes run in someones family, can they take meds early to prevent it more effectively?

Depends..: There are many types of stroke. It is certainly important to have a comprehensive medical evaluation to identify risk factors and treat when appropriate.. ...Read more

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What happens if strokes run in someones family, can they go ahead and take medicine early to prevent it more effectively?

What happens if strokes run in someones family, can they go ahead and take medicine early to prevent it more effectively?

Do this:: 1) keep your BP under good control 2)check your pulse regularly and report irregularity as atrial fibrillation (an irregularly irregular rhythm) is a leading cause of stroke 3) at 50 get a carotid duplex exam & repeat it periodically depending on the result 4)At age 50, begin taking 81 mg of aspirin daily 5) get your lipids checked and, if your annual risk is >7.5%), start a statin. ...Read more

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Hi i've read few faq on here n I have all the malfunction problems that thre is a problem with my vp shunt, what should I do?

Hi i've read few faq on here n I have all the malfunction problems that thre is a problem with my vp shunt, what should I do?

Neurosurgeon: If you think your vp shunt is malfunctioning or at the least needs some adjustment to the flow (possible for some models of vp shunts), i would immediately get in touch with the neurosurgeon who placed it. Vp shunt malfunctions can be life-threatening. It is better to be safe than sorry. ...Read more

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My Grandmother has been diagnosed with the early stages of Dementia. Is this disease hereditary and if not, what can I do to prevent it?

My Grandmother has been diagnosed with the early stages of Dementia. Is this disease hereditary and if not, what can I do to prevent it?

Incomplete data: Research seems to suggest a genetic contribution but it is of uncertain strength and not to a single or even simple set of genes. Living longer has increased the numbers of people who decline cognitively but causes differ. Some are gradual and easier to deal w/. Some rapid and frightening. Healthy living in all respects is the best prevention-like strategy, but no one knows. If we did, Wow! ...Read more

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Why is vomiting a symptom of a shunt malfunction?

Why is vomiting a symptom of a shunt malfunction?

Well: Increased intercranial pressure in someone's brain tends to cause nausea and vomiting. For specific diagnosis and treatment consult your neurologist or physician ...Read more

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How do I prevent early ejaculation?

How do I prevent early ejaculation?

Several options: There several treatment options including: 1. pause-squeeze technique, which works best with patience and a supportive partner 2. topical anesthetics, ie. Promescent 3. certain antidepressant medications - SSRIs 4. Counseling with a certified sex therapist. ...Read more

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How can I prevent and detect early glaucoma?

How can I prevent and detect early glaucoma?

No prevention: Is known for glaucoma. If you are concerned about glaucoma, then see an ophthalmologist (eye md) annually for a complete examination. We can detect glaucoma before any vision is lost. ...Read more