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Doctor insights on: Famous People With Shunts

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What is a shunt?

What is a shunt?

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

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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How long do v-p shunts last?

Many years: Shunts placed in an infant usually must be revised at some point before adulthood. In adults, the shunt can last for many years, but may require revision at some point;. ...Read more

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Why does right to left shunting happen?

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

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Will a shunt disqualify me from the army?

Clarify please: Please advise us what type of shunt you are referring to. If you are 46 years old than it is unlikely that your age will be waived for regular Army. ...Read more

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How often does a shunt have to be replaced?

Depends: It depends on the growth of the child, if the shunt gets plugged or infected. ...Read more

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How likely are you to die from a shunt revision?

Not answerable as is: Sorry, there are several different types of shunt for numerous disorders. It depends on the type of shunt you are talking about - vascular, brain, congenital cardiac, etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: shunt?

Conduit: 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 is opened and cleaned. ...Read more

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Why do I have to lay on my side during a shunt tap?

Shunt tap.: It is easier to tap the shunt if you are lying on the side opposite the shunt. ...Read more

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What are the most common complications of shunt placement in adults?

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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How serious is a left to right shunt and what will it take to repair it?

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 more

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Which is worse left to right shunt or right to left? Can the shunting get better?

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

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If I have another shunt malfunction would I have the same symptoms as I did before?

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

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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

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What causes a shunt malfunction in hydrocephalic patients?

Blockage by material: A shunt may accumulate proteinaceous material on it inner diameter. Slow flow may also cause clotting of the shunt. ...Read more

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What exacly is a shunt for dialysis?

What exacly is a shunt for dialysis?

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. ...Read more

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How does a shunt work to treat hydrocephalus?

How does a shunt work to treat hydrocephalus?

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

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Can a child stop needing a shunt for hydrocephalus?

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

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What kinda shunt would be for spinal flow blockege?

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

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How can a neurosurgeon tell if a shunt is overdraining?

How can a neurosurgeon tell if a shunt is overdraining?

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

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How dangerous is having a shunt put in for hydrocephalus?

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

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How do you take care of a child with a shunt for hydrocephalus?

How do you take care of a child with a shunt for hydrocephalus?

Normally: As long as the shunt functions well, ther essentially is nothing that needs done other than to treat your child normally, with perhaps some care to avoid situations where there may be head trauma. ...Read more

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Can you tell me a website that speaks and shows about vp shunts?

VP shunts: The Hydrocephalus Association in San Francisco has an excellent web site that deals with shunts ...Read more