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Codman Programmable Shunt
What's the chance (percentage) that an MRI will change the settings on a codman hakim programmable vp shunt? Can anything else change it?
High: The codman hakin programmable vp shunt does not have the newer "locks" like the codman certas or the sophysa that prevent changes in a high magnetic field like an mri. In fact, neurosurgeons are trained to be prepared to re-program the vp shunt any time the patient has an MRI scan. Any time these shunts are near a high magnetic field, there is a risk that the shunt will change its setting. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Why is the codman hakim programmable vp shunt setting range so large? (30 to 200 mmh2o) what do the settings mean, and what's the average pressure?
Easy setting changes: The pressure settings can be viewed as a measure of how much fluid is allowed to drain through the shunt. The lower the pressure setting, the more fluid can drain through the system. A typical setting is between 110-130 but treating hydrocephalus is not always a "one size fits all" for every patient. Some individuals have side effects at certain settings and need a 'different pressure setting'. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Depends on pressure: The valve setting refers to a pressure value, rather than volume of csf. A setting of 140 means that the valve opens and begins draining when the pressure reaches 140 mmhg, and below that level the valve remains closed. Therefore the amount of CSF drained depends on how much time the pressure remained over the opening pressure. This may be 0 to 100%. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
What's are the difference between the three available programmable shunts commonly used to treat hydrocephalus?
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. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
I have hydrocephalus since birth. I have a programmable shunt. Over a couple of days I am now getting neck pain. Is this normal?
Hard to say.: Neck pain has lots of causes, major and minor. With a shunt, you have to be cautious, though. If you have never had neck pain like this before, or if you have fever, dizziness, or anything else unusual, give your doc a call for advice and treatment options or go to the ER. Your doc will get more details than you can give here, and will guide you best. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Age 27 yrs with hydrocephalus had III ventriculostomy 17 yrs ago and then had a programmable shunt 8 yrs ago, decompression surgery 5 yrs. ok to fly?
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