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Shunt (Overview)

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 is opened and cleaned.


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What is a shunt?

What is a shunt?

Shunt: A shunt is a structure or device that transfers body fluid or blood from one area of the body to another area. For example shunts are fashioned to relieve high pressure areas of cerebro spinal fluid by shunting the fluid away to low pressure areas. ...Read more

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Shunt (Overview)

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 is opened and cleaned.


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How long do v-p shunts last?

Many years: Shunts placed in an infant usually must be revised at some point before adulthood. In adults, the shunt can last for many years, but may require revision at some point;. ...Read more

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Will a shunt disqualify me from the army?

Clarify please: Please advise us what type of shunt you are referring to. If you are 46 years old than it is unlikely that your age will be waived for regular Army. ...Read more

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How often does a shunt have to be replaced ?

Depends: It depends on the growth of the child, if the shunt gets plugged or infected. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: shunt?

Conduit: 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 is opened and cleaned. ...Read more

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How likely are you to die from a shunt revision?

Not answerable as is: Sorry, there are several different types of shunt for numerous disorders. It depends on the type of shunt you are talking about - vascular, brain, congenital cardiac, etc. ...Read more

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Why do I have to lay on my side during a shunt tap?

Shunt tap.: It is easier to tap the shunt if you are lying on the side opposite the shunt. ...Read more

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What are the most common complications of shunt placement in adults?

Tree are a few: Infection, draining too much fluid, bleeding in brain are rare but possible complications. There are a few others that are extraordinarily rare as well. ...Read more

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