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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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Can I fly if I have hydrocephalus ? I have a VP shunt. I also have vertigo

Can I fly if I have hydrocephalus ?  I have a VP shunt.  I also have vertigo

Yes can fly: All aircrafts are pressurized and do not alter the function of the VP shunt. It is safe for you to fly in a commercial aircraft. ...Read more

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I have a vp shunt for hydrocephalus and I sometimes zone out duing the day. What does this mean? Is this normal?

I have a vp shunt for hydrocephalus and I sometimes zone out duing the day.  What does this mean? Is this normal?

ZONE OUT means what?: Please specify if the person asking this question is the patient and are you 16 years of age? If so, we will need a parent or guardian to ask the question on your behalf or giving permission to use this service since it is typically for those 18 or older unless your state recognizes 16 as the age of parental emancipation. But I can tell you that NO, not normal to zone out. You need to be examined ...Read more

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I have a vp shunt for Hydrocephalus and if I have shunt malfunction and if I don't get treated right away what would happen to me?

HEADACHE: will be the first thing you notice with a shunt malfunction. Then you will loose coordination, vomit, have visual problems, lose consciousness and if you continue to be untreated you will build up enough pressure for your brainstem to be pushed through the base of the skull and your breathing will stop. ...Read more

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What isitthat causes svs &overdrainage due to vp shunt?Why does this occur? If it changes answer vpshunt is for idiop.Intrac.Hypert not hydrocephalus.

Low pressure effects: Idiopathic ich is usually treated with lumbar shunt, not ventricular shunt. Treatment can be difficult due to drop in pressure that can cause severe headache and stress effects. These symptoms may be so severe that shunt has to be revised or taken out. ...Read more

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So i have hydrocephalus and i was wondering if i go on roller coasters with high g forces will it mess up my vp shunt ?

Risky: It may be risky and not recommended, but you should discuss with the Surgeon or neurologist who follows you to get the full and definitive answer as to what they tell you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a vp shunt for Hydrocephalus and I was just wondering would I be able to feel any kinks in the shunt tube? And would be able to feel it pulling

?kink: Since the tube runs right under the skin it may be possible to feel a kink if one were present. You may also feel it pulling, if in fact it is doing so. ...Read more

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Am a hydrocephalus patient by birth i am 18 now had a replacement of vp shunt at the age of 15 but after that there r no problems regarding vp shunt b?

Am a hydrocephalus patient by birth i am 18 now had a replacement of vp shunt at the age of 15 but after that there r no problems regarding vp shunt b?

I think your : question got cut off. Are you asking about the incidence of shunt malfunction in adults? Thank you in advance for clarifying your question. ...Read more

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I have a VP shunt for hydrocephalus and i have high pressure in my brain they say the shunt is possibly working so why is the high pressure there?

VP shunt: Most VP shunts today have the ability to control flow using an external device that regulates the flow in the shunt. I would speak to the surgeon and the manufacturer of the shunt. As long as you do not have symptoms like severe headaches, nausea then you should be good. ...Read more

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I was just wondering can a person with a vp shunt for hydrocephalus develop epilepsy or seizures?

I was just wondering can a person with a vp shunt for hydrocephalus develop epilepsy or seizures?

Not necessarily: With a properly working shunt, and well controlled hydrocephalus, the risk of epilepsy is truly rather very low. And would have expected this to occur at or before the time the shunt was indicated. ...Read more

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3 years after a subarachnoid haemorrhage (coiled) and a vp shunt for hydrocephalus complications. What can I do to improve memory/cognition?

Short term memory : Unfortunately, a majority of patients suffer short term memory problems related to sah. Long term memory usually remains intact. No good solution to problem. ...Read more

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My father has obstructive hydrocephalus. the doctors want to do a VP Shunt surgery. i am worried about complications that might arise and seek info!

Risks of untreated : obstructive hydrocephalus far outweigh risks of shunt placement by a qualified neurosurgeon. When a foreign body like a shunt is placed in a human body, there is risk of infection, clogging of the drain, etc., but long-standing ^ed pressure from excess cerebrospinal fluid wears away brain tissue like water wears away a rock. www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/hydrocephalus/detail_hydrocephalus.htm ...Read more

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Treatment for Hydrocephalus with posterior fossa cyst & VP Shunt insertion with pyogenic meaningitis?

Treatment for Hydrocephalus with posterior fossa cyst &  VP Shunt insertion with pyogenic meaningitis?

Pyogenic: infection in the face of a VP shunt will inevitably require that the shunt be removed, the infection treated with antibiotics and then the shunt replaced. ...Read more

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How can ct/x-ray determine blockage of a vp shunt in intracranial hypertension (not hydrocephalus ) there is no change in ventricle sizing in iih?

They can't: A shunt blockage will not show on either ct or xrays. Useful methods to assess for blockage include 1. Radionucleotide shunt study 2. Shunt interrogation by your neurosurgeon, or 3. Dilated ophthalmological exam to check for papilledema. If in doubt circle back with your neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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My girlfriend recently underwent vp shunt surgery to correct hydrocephalus. She has severe pain mobile abdominal pain. Should i be worried?

My girlfriend recently underwent vp shunt surgery to correct hydrocephalus. She has severe pain mobile abdominal pain. Should i be worried?

Have it evaluated: When you say mobile pain, it sounds like you mean pain with mobility.This would suggest muscle pain from the surgery. This may be from the incision that was done to insert the shunt in to the abdomen.If you mean that the pain moves around the belly even when laying still, this could suggest irritation inside by the tube or the spinal fluid from the shunt.Either way, the situation should be checked. ...Read more

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Can a ventriculoperitoneal shunt be used to drain a baby hydrocephalus?

That's one way: The current approach to hydrocephalus is dependent on the kid and the training of the neurosurgeon involved in their care. There are several ways to shunt the excess with VP shunting to be a traditional one. ...Read more

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What is a vp shunt?

CSF diversion: It is tubing and a one way valve that drains cerebrospinal fluid(csf) made in the brain into the abdominal cavity. ...Read more

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Is a vp shunt a suctioner?

More like a drain: A vp shunt is a controlled way to drain cerebral spinal fluid to decrease intracranial pressure. Vp shunts have valves that can be adjusted to control their rate of flow. ...Read more

Dr. James Goodrich
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Hydrocephalus (Definition)

A condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid or "brain fluid" within the brain which causes increased pressure inside the skull. It can ...Read more


Dr. Estrada Bernard
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Vp Shunt (Definition)

A tube that drains cerebrospinal fluid from ...Read more