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People with a vp shunt, can you go tanning in the sunshine?

People with a vp shunt, can you go tanning in the sunshine?

Shunt & tanning: Once the incisions are well healed, exposure to the sun is not a problem. ...Read more

Tanning (Definition)

Tanning refers to attending exposing oneself to the sun, or a tanning salon, for the purpose of darkening the skin, for cosmetic reasons. Occasionally, tanning is for medical reasons to relieve some symptoms ...Read more


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I have a vp shunt placed in the left side of my head. Can I go to the tanning bed with this in? I like going, it helps keeps my skin clear of acne.

I have a vp shunt placed in the left side of my head. Can I go to the tanning bed with this in? I like going, it helps keeps my skin clear of acne.

Should be Ok: You should be able to tan but I would do it in moderation because of the risks associated with excessive tanning. The vp shunt should be fine. ...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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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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Why can't a person Push on a vp shunt reservoir if debris can't go into it?

Why can't a person Push on a vp shunt reservoir if debris can't go into it?

Vp shunts: Hi, I am unclear about what you are asking as you seem to be referring to two different types of shunts. A VP shunt drains fluid from the patient's brain to their peritoneum. A shunt with a reservoir is a catheter between a patient's brain and an implanted reservoir, used to give medicines. It may be best to ask a neurosurgeon your question as they have the most expertise in this area. ...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?

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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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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Limitations after vp shunt surgery in adult?

Limitations after vp shunt surgery in adult?

Very few: This is entirely up to your surgeon of course, and will depend on the reason the shunt was put in to begin with, but shunts are put in to improve lifestyle and mobility. So barring anything unforseen, you should enjoy increased activity not limitations. ...Read more

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Can you donate plasma while having a vp shunt?

Not sure why: Donating blood is an outpatient procedure. Placing or revising a shunt is a sterile procedure where nothing else should be simultaneously done to reduce infection rates ...Read more

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Is it normal to hear things in vp shunt reservoir?

Maybe: I have heard my patients tell me that they hear noise in their VP shunt but this is very rare and unusual. The reservoir can have sometimes moving parts and the CSF does flow through there. However, for you to hear this, you must be extremely sensitive. Nothing is impossible. If you do not have any signs and symptoms of VPS malfunction, you should be OK. ...Read more

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Is myotonus a concern for a person with a vp shunt?

Is myotonus a concern for a person with a vp shunt?

Certainly: See your Neurosurgeon or Pediatric specialist for a referral to Neurology to discuss this further and confirm the diagnosis and treatment options. Don't delay! ...Read more

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How to determine if my vp shunt falls out in my stomache?

See your surgeon: A shunt series (x-rays of your shunt) can confirm that the shunt system is intact. The distal tubing is typically placed in the abdomen in the peritoneal space. It is not placed in the stomach. If you have concerns about your shunt, it would be best to see your surgeon in their office. ...Read more

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What would happen if I poked a whole in my vp shunt with a needle?

What would happen if I poked a whole in my vp shunt with a needle?

Why would you?: I would strongly suggest not trying to find out! Most likely the biggest issue would be an introduction of bacteria to the sterile environment of your brain - something that could be very dangerous. I am hoping that your question is just one of curiosity and not something you would consider doing! ...Read more

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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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Is constipation an effect of a vp shunt?

Is constipation an effect of a vp shunt?

VP shunt: Constipation may be caused by opiate pain meds after procedure but usually is not complication of a vp shunt. However, if a child has constipation, it can increase abdominal pressure and decrease vp shunt functioning resulting in neurological symptoms. ...Read more

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How deep is a vp shunt placed under the skin?

Vp shunt: It's under the superficial skin layer so sometimes you can feel it ...Read more

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Is myoclonus a concern for a person with a vp shunt?

Is myoclonus a concern for a person with a vp shunt?

Sorry, kiddo: The minimum age requirement for posting on HealthTap is 16. Sorry, your writing is better than a lot of the grownups who post here - at leest you can spel! - but rules are rules. There's no reason an adult can't post questions on your behalf, however. ...Read more

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My baby had a vp shunt inserted what are long term effects?

Obstruction/infected: There is no direct adverse effect from vp (ventriculoperitoneal) shunt but shunt occasionally becomes infected or obstructed. ...Read more

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If you have vp shunt can CF fluid be present in your skin?

If you have vp shunt can CF fluid be present in your skin?

Generally no: A functioning vp shunt runs under your skin from you scalp to just the upper abdomen and empties into the peritoneal space in your abdomen.
Shunt tubing could feasibly cause some local inflammation under the skin. A tubing leak at a connection is rare but could cause a local fluid collection.
You should visit your dr to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Thete is a bump on my head where my vp shunt is is that normal?

Thete is a bump on my head where my vp shunt is is that normal?

Probably: What you refer to as a bump on your head may be the shunt valve. Have your surgeon take a look at it at your next appointment. ...Read more

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If codman hakim programmable vp shunt is set at 140, how much fluid is being drained?

Depends on pressure: The valve setting refers to a pressure value, rather than volume of csf. A setting of 140 means that the valve opens and begins draining when the pressure reaches 140 mmhg, and below that level the valve remains closed. Therefore the amount of CSF drained depends on how much time the pressure remained over the opening pressure. This may be 0 to 100%. ...Read more

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What are the vp shunt blockage signs to look for and do they happen straight away or?

What are the vp shunt blockage signs to look for and do they happen straight away or?

Read this monograph: Http://wp. Me/s382os-hydrolog
It's a brief, informative, and free. Written for the lay patient. Discusses everything you want to know about hydrocephalus and shunts but are afraid to ask. ...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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Vp Shunt (Definition)

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