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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 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 now ›
Depends: The 140 refers to a threshold opening pressure of 140 mm water for the pressure regulating valve. The volume of CSF drained will depend on the extent to which the intracranial pressure reaches that threshold. In general adults secrete about 500 ml of CSF per day. ...Read moreGet help 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 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?
NOT A PROBLEM: Modern commercial aircraft all have pressurized cabins, set for approximately one mile, and you should not experience any issues which would directly affect brain or shunt function. Feel free to fly, you are truly in NO danger. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Shunt: A shunt is a structure or device that transfers body fluid or blood from one area of the body to another area. For example shunts are fashioned to relieve high pressure areas of cerebro spinal fluid by shunting the fluid away to low pressure areas. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Tree are a few: Infection, draining too much fluid, bleeding in brain are rare but possible complications. There are a few others that are extraordinarily rare as well. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Talk to the surgeon: Who placed it. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Depends: On the size and degree of shunting as well as the presence osf associated symptoms such as shortness of breath, arrythmias or neurologic symptoms. An echocardiogram is extremely helpful . See your doctor. ...Read moreGet help now ›
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