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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 ?
How long do follow ups 4 hydro+vp shunt due 2 tumor removal usually last until? Will they always need scans periodically or just for the 1st few yrs?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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