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How often does a shunt have to be replaced ?

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

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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Having pain around vp shunt locale with neausea 29 years old last thing done to the shunt was it was replaced in 1995

Having pain around vp shunt locale with neausea 29 years old last thing done to the shunt was it was replaced in 1995

Common: Many patients report tenderness around shunt tubing due to the calcifications and scarring that develop around old shunts. Infection can also be a cause but this is far less common in shunts that are several years old. That said, its worth having your neurosurgeon check it out. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the brain to replace CFS after a shunt drains it out?

How long does it take for the brain to replace CFS after a shunt drains it out?

Wrong question: shunts do not drain all csf fluid, only excess fluid. This allows pressure to be maintained throughout the system evenly. You never lost fluid, just re balanced it. This prevents the problem of pressure on brain tissue, and damage. ...Read more

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I wanna get my vp shunt replaced bc it hurts and it is causing pain. the doc got xray and CT and it was fine. why could it be causing pain. ?

I wanna get my vp shunt replaced bc it hurts and it is causing pain. the doc got xray and CT and it was fine. why could it be causing pain. ?

Shunt causing pain: When VP shunt bothers someone, it often causes headaches, trouble with vision, seizures, nausea and vomiting and sometimes fainting.

It sounds like you have pain, why do you think it is the shunt that is causing it? It is not easy to take them out and put new ones in. In your case, it may be useful to have a shunt. Perhaps the pain could be managed differently? ...Read more

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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

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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 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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My head has a heartbeat I have a shunt ?

My head has a heartbeat 
I have a shunt ?

Shunt feeling: It is not totally unusual for you to feel a heartbeat in your head when you have a shunt in place. If it persists go to your Neurosurgeon that installed the shunt or the E/R to be examined. ...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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What is siphon/antisiphon? Do all vp shunts have these?

What is siphon/antisiphon? Do all vp shunts have these?

Siphon / Anti-siphon: No, all shunts do not have anti-siphon valves and there still remains some controversy as to whether they make a difference. In theory as you rise from recumbent or seated positions the shunt will "siphon" because of the sudden pressure change with elevation. These devices are supposed to prevent that and thus avoid over shunting, ie, draining too much fluid with resulting disturbances. ...Read more

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Is hydrocephalus deadly if no. Shunt is implanted?

Is hydrocephalus deadly if no. Shunt is implanted?

Depends on cause: Hydrocephalus is just a word to describe too much fluid pressure in the brain. Some babies are born with the condition but become stable and never need a shunt. Some develop the condition due to brain tumor and the shunt just allows for less distress as the tumor is being treated. Some have the condition due to complex congenital abnormalities. In acute pressure, the shunt is life saving. ...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