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Is there any way to stop needing your vp shunt forever?

Is there any way to stop needing your vp shunt forever?

VP Shunt: Some patients have maintained the ability to reabsorb spinal fluid and the primary problem is a blockage within the pathways in the brain. In those situations, a 3rd ventriculostomy can be performed to redirect CSF around the blockage.
Occasionally, there are patients who are found to have a broken shunt but without redeveloping hydrocephalus, essentially "outgrown the need for the shunt". ...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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Is there any way to stop needing your vp shunt ever?

Is there any way to stop needing your vp shunt ever?

No: If you require a ventriculoperitoneal shunt, it will not be for a reversible condition except in a few circumstances.
There are times when they can be removed but this is again unusual. ...Read more

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Is there any way to stop needing your vp shunt when you get older?

Is there any way to stop needing your vp shunt when you get older?

Yes: Many people outgrow the need for their shunt as they grow.
But be careful, sometimes it's been working and you just don't know it until it fails. See your family md for referral to a neurosurgeon if you suspect your shunt is not working correctly. ...Read more

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Does vp shunt stop hair from growing?

Does vp shunt stop hair from growing?

Shouldn't...: A vp shunt shouldn't stop hair from growing. Only probably at the place where it's inserted in the scalp. ...Read more

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I started Diamox to help vp shunt for ptc (even getting down to 119lbs didn't stop it)&my Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is harsher effects. Any meds interactions4those? Thx

I started Diamox to help vp shunt for ptc (even getting down to 119lbs didn't stop it)&my Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is harsher effects. Any meds interactions4those? Thx

Side effects: Although you didn't describe your symptoms, weight loss could be the reason for side effects appearing at the same dosage of meds as before. Acetazolamide (diamox) can rarely make people anxious or jittery. Or, pseudo tumor cerebri itself can make people jittery, uncoordinated, and have blurred vision. Good luck! ...Read more

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Exactly how common is vp shunt independence? Will young people eventually outgrow the need for one as they grow older?

Shunt indepedence: A common asked question but a commonly unknown answer. Very few patients with shunts truly become independent, in my own experience it is probably only about 5%. There is a surgery, known as a iiird ventriculostomy where a hole can be made at the base of the brain to bypass the fluid obstruction - if successful the shunt can be removed but not all patients fulfill the criteria for this operation. ...Read more

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How long do follow ups for hydro+vp shunt usually last until? Would a person always need check ups or would they only need one if there's any problem?

Hydrocephalus shunts: Follow ups varied from doctor to doctor but a standard routine is a yearly visit for checkup under age 18. Over 18, if the patient has been stable then the follow up is as necessary meaning if issues develop that might suggest a shunt malfunction then you would see your physician or er if felt to be an urgent problem. ...Read more

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What is a vp shunt?

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 temporary?

Is a vp shunt temporary?

No: If you require a ventriculoperitoneal shunt, it will not be for a reversible condition except in a few circumstances.
There are times when they can be removed but this is again unusual. ...Read more

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Is a vp shunt a suctioner?

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

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Does vp shunt cause diareha?

No: Can't even conceive of a connection here. ...Read more

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What the purpose of. A vp shunt?

Brain Drain: The brain is cushioned by a layer of fluid called CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) but in injury or inflammation, blood or blocked CSF can squeeze the brain causing damage. A vp shunt drains excess pressurized fluid to the abdomen to keep pressure off the brain. ...Read more

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How long does a vp shunt last for?

Varies: I have patients who have had their shunt for 20 years which still works. I have others whose shunt fails in just a few years. Newer technology is helping shunts last longer. ...Read more

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Should you be able to feel your vp shunt?

Should you be able to feel your vp shunt?

Yes: You should be able to feel the catheter and you should be able to feel the valve under the skin. ...Read more

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How do you know if your vp shunt falls out?

Can't: It will not. It would require an incision in the head area to remove your shunt. They cannot fall out.
They must be removed- and you'll want to be asleep when they do it! ...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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Should you be able to feel the tubing if vp shunt?

Should you be able to feel the tubing if vp shunt?

Yes: The shunt tubing and valve (bulging part under scalp) are close enough under the skin to be felt. None of the shunt parts should be visible through the skin (no skin or tissue covering the shunt), however. ...Read more

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Can you join the air force if you have a vp shunt?

Unlikely: You can speak to a recruiter to make sure, but I would doubt it. The primary reason is that a shunt malfunction requires emergent surgical treatment and the evaluation of a shunt requires advanced imaging modalities such as a CT scan. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a vp shunt underdrainage?

Mainly headaches: There are a many symptoms that a person can feel if a VP shunt is not draining fluid properly or "underdraining" though many of these symptoms can occur in both under as well as "overdraining" so one really doesn't know exactly which situation they're in from a clinical perspective. I could supply much more information to you if you can send me more details. Write to: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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I would like to know what is an slp or s/p vp shunt?

Event done: S/p means status post. It refers to naming an event usually in a medical record that has already happened. Thus s/p hernia surgery would mean that hernia surgery had been done in the past and s/p vp shunt means that a ventricular-peritoneal shunt has been done on that patient. ...Read more

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Do you think I can go in the navy if I have a vp shunt?

I doubt it: I was a US Navy neurosurgeon for almost seven years. I seriously doubt you would be able to join the military with a vp shunt. The presence of a shunt implies an underlying condition, in this case shunt dependent hydrocephalus. If the shunt malfunctioned with you overseas, you might be in a world of hurt. You can probably have a military recruiter check on this for a definitive answer. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a vp shunt that is overdraining what should I do?

Is this a joke?: Get off the internet and see your neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Does having a VP shunt affect any type of growth for me?

Does having a VP shunt affect any type of growth for me?

Nope: At age 18 you probably are not going to do much more growing. The shunt itself should not in anyway affect growth. Some condition that might lead to having a need for a VPShunt might have had an impact on your height. ...Read more

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Could anyone please explain to me why my vp shunt cord hurts?

Could anyone please explain to me why my vp shunt cord hurts?

This is unusual: The vp shunt tubing should not hurt. In fact, you shouldn't be able to feel it at all (sometimes you can feel a ridge, but should not hurt). I would see your neurosurgeon about this. If there is associated swelling, redness, or fever, consider this an emergency.
More on hydrocephalus and vp shunts, read this monograph: http://wp. Me/s382os-hydrolog ...Read more

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How long does a vp shunt last before you have to get a new one?

Years: Shunts used to fail on a regular basis- but today's shunts are more complex and sophisticated. They can work for multiple years without fail. ...Read more

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If you have a vp shunt how does it work? Where does the fluid go?

If you have a vp shunt how does it work? Where does the fluid go?

Abdomen: The fluid is drained from the ventricles in the brain to the peritoneum (abdomen) where it eventually gets resorbed into the blood stream. ...Read more

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When a vp shunt breaks how long do u have to get it fixed till u die?

It depends on the: State and type of hydrocephalus. So called "arrested hydrocephalus" can occur if the pressure gradient has stabilized. The most common shunt is the VP shunt which drains CSF to the peritoneal cavity in the abdomen. If the shunt is installed in a young child, as is often the case, the shunt needs to be lengthened (revised) at some point as the child grows. The neurosurgeon decides what to do. ...Read more

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Vp Shunt (Definition)

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