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Is There Any Way To Stop Needing Your Vp Shunt Forever
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
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
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
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
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 haven't 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
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
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
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
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
Is this a joke?: Get off the internet and see your neurosurgeon. ...Read more
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
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
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
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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