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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 more
A hole in the heart: It is literally a hole in the heart. Normally the right side of the heart pumps blood to the lungs to get the oxygen where as the left side of the heart pumps blood to the body. A right to left shunt can cause some of the blood to bypass the lungs and not carry as much oxygen as it should. ...Read more
Shunt tap.: It is easier to tap the shunt if you are lying on the side opposite the shunt. ...Read more
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 more
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Not clear: The right to left shunt or left to right shunt is usually a congenital defect. The reasons for the defect can be varied but the left to right shunt is better to have but neither is good. The right to left shunt sends unoxygenated blood out to the body. Need to see a cardiologist with possibility of needing surgery. ...Read more
Possibly: If you are having symptoms similar to those you had last time you had shunt malfunction, yes you could be having another one and should see your doctor ...Read more
I have noticed since my shunt was underdraining I am having problems with my memory and thinking issues why is this?
Neurosurgeon: If your shunt is malfunctioning, your neurosurgeon is best qualified to evaluate, advise, treat you and determine what symptoms could be caused by the malfunctioning. ...Read more
My shunt keeps overdraining they've adjusted it a few times and it's still overdraining why and what can they do about it?
Follow: Up with your Neurosurgeon for evaluation of the drain ...Read more
My shunt keeps overdraining they've put it up to 200 I've been on nearly all the settings and it just keeps overdraining what can they do?
Blockage by material: A shunt may accumulate proteinaceous material on it inner diameter. Slow flow may also cause clotting of the shunt. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Possible: It is possible for the hydrocephaly to slowly resolve and not re-occur. It certainly depends what caused the hydrocephaly in the first place. It is more common to slowly resolve if it was caused by a blled in the brain when the baby was premature. Less likely if the cuase is a physical restriction of the flow of CSF as in dandy-walker cyst or arnold chiari defect. ...Read more
It depends...: I assume you are talking about CSF flow. Usually, this is treated by a catheter that is placed in the ventricle of the brain, then tunneled under the skin to the abdominal cavity where the fluid is resorbed. This is a vp shunt or ventriculoperitoneal shunt. There are other less common shunts, to treat hydrocephalus. ...Read more
Radiologic eval: In order to evaluate your shunt, the neurosurgeon would do a physical exam and then a head CT. They often look to see if the ventricles are completely collapsed. Too little CSF around the brain can cause problems too. Make an appointment to see your neurosurgeon and ask. ...Read more
Common procedure: While untoward outcomes may occur with any surgery, shunt placement is one of the most commonly performed neurosurgical procedures. The surgery entails passing a tube or catheter into the brain. Another catheter is passed under the scalp and skin and into the abdomen. Joining the two catheters is a pressure regulatory valve. This serves to divert fluid into the abdomen where it can be absorbed. ...Read more
>500, 000 / year:
Here a good article:
http://www. Jvascsurg. Org/article/S0741-5214 (13)00880-X/pdf ...Read more