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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
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 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
Its a SURGICALLY "CLOSED"
It is designed to STAY PUT
Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...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
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
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
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
I'm always scared im going to pull out my vp shunt or disconnect or break it when I stretch out or something can this happen I don't want it to?
Not likely: Typically, there is plenty of laxity in the shunt system to allow for movement without damaging the shunt tubing. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Evaluation: Pain can be a sign of shunt malfunction. You should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more
None: Different disorders without any similar patophysiologyGet a more detailed answer ›
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
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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