post vp shunt and hydrocephalus symptoms

My girlfriend recently underwent vp shunt surgery to correct hydrocephalus. She has severe pain mobile abdominal pain. Should I be worried?

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Have it evaluated


When you say mobile pain, it sounds like you mean pain with mobility.This would suggest muscle pain from the surgery. This may be from the incision that was done to insert the shunt in to the abdomen.If you mean that the pain moves around the belly even when laying still, this could suggest irritation inside by the tube or the spinal fluid from the shunt.Either way,the situation should be checked.
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3 years after a subarachnoid haemorrhage (coiled) and a vp shunt for hydrocephalus complications. What can I do to improve memory/cognition?

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Dr. Joseph Gemmete
Interventional Radiology
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Short term memory


Unfortunately, a majority of patients suffer short term memory problems related to SAH. Long term memory usually remains intact. No good solution to problem.
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How can CT/X-ray determine blockage of a VP Shunt in intracranial hypertension (not hydrocephalus ) there is no change in ventricle sizing in IIH?

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Dr. Samir Lapsiwala
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It can't


X-rays and ct can not determine shunt blockage. There are no perfect tests to detect that. The most reliable are shunt tap or nuclear shuntogram.
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Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery
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They can't


A shunt blockage will not show on either CT or Xrays. Useful methods to assess for blockage include 1. radionucleotide shunt study 2. shunt interrogation by your neurosurgeon, or 3. dilated ophthalmological exam to check for papilledema. If in doubt circle back with your neurosurgeon.
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Radiographs may be .


taken to see if the shunt tubing is patent - ie, not broken or disconnected along its course. Also, head CT could show a change in ventricular size - generally bigger if the shunt is not working, compared to a prior CT. However, to "prove" sure the shunt is working, a radionuclide VP shunt study, or interrogating the shunt as directed by the manufacturer may be required. Please see the doc.

What isitthat causes SVS &overdrainage due to VP shunt?why does this occur? If it changes answer vpshunt is for Idiop.intrac.hypert not hydrocephalus.

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology
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Low pressure effects


Idiopathic ICH is usually treated with lumbar shunt, not ventricular shunt. Treatment can be difficult due to drop in pressure that can cause severe headache and stress effects. These symptoms may be so severe that shunt has to be revised or taken out.
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Does a 9-yr-old require pre-med for dental tx if he has a shunt in his head? Mom states on med hx that he has hydrocephalus- VP shunt to drain fluid from brain. Do we need to make sure he gets antibiotics before tx to prevent infection in the area (like y

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Because a VP shunt does not involve any vascular structures (ie does not touch any blood or blood vessels) it does not require antibiotic prophylaxis.
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Person with VP shunt Complains of dizziness, feeling he will pass out, nausea for 3 days, worsening headache x week. No other symptoms. Go to ER?

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Sounds wise


There is no reason to wait for diagnosis and treatment. While the symptoms may or may not be due to problems with the shunt, the fact that the person has a shunt warrants evaluation. Go to the ER and get checked out.
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What is a vp shunt?

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Dr. Roger H. Frankel
Neurosurgery
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CSF diversion


It is tubing and a one way valve that drains cerebrospinal fluid(CSF) made in the brain into the abdominal cavity.
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Is a VP shunt temporary?

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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.
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Is a VP shunt a suctioner?

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Dr. Scott J. Diede
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

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.
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