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How Often Does A Shunt Have To Be Replaced
My vp shunt has been causing pain for 3 weeks havent slept more then 3 hrs a night i need it replaced but neuro says no it will go away ?
Second opinion: Get second opinion then choose which MD you want to treat you. ...Read more
Having pain around vp shunt locale with neausea 29 years old last thing done to the shunt was it was replaced in 1995
Is marijuana an effective pain reliever for cfs headaches accompanying a failing (dr won't replace until it absolutely doesn't work) vp shunt?
It depends: Some people get better but there are no substantial data to support this. ...Read more
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
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?
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
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
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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