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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Having a shunt should not change your ability to tolerate changes in G forces. ...Read more
VP shunt: The answer is no as the shunt under high G-force can be force to overdrain and this can lead to overdrainage problems and possible shunt malfunction ...Read more
88 year old DX hydrocephalus no shunt desired- how long to live with no shunt? On hospice & private caregiver.
Not necessarily a ..: short term thing. If the elderly individual is already on hospice, this would indicate life expectancy is already 6 months or less. I don't believe that deciding not to have a shunt would impact that estimate of life expectancy in a measurable way, although more psychological and physical changes might be seen, and at a more rapid pace. Best wishes:) ...Read more
There are many: There are many people who have vp shunts who live a long time. The can live normal, long lives. The key is to have regular follow-ups with a neurosurgeon who can ensure that the shunt is functioning properly. That way, they can anticipate or be ready for surgical revisions often before the shunt fails and it needs to be revised urgently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not trying2remove vp shunt, jst wondering chance of shunt independence4acquired hydro aftr tumor removal. Is it common2develop ALT paths4csf drainage?
Hydrocephalus: It is not uncommon to require a ventriculoperitoneal shunt after removal of a brain tumor. There is a possibility of shunt independence after the swelling and debris has resolved. Externalizing the shunt and gradually raising the shunt valve pressure can be performed to check for shunt independence. See your neurosurgeon to determine if you are a candidate for a trial. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Patient health issues cardiomyopathy, bradycardia, pacemaker-defibrillator, brain tumor, syncope episodes. Told no driving then y no DMV report?
NO DRIVING: Definitely no driving with your history. Last thing you need is an episode of syncopy and then an accident. ...Read more
Yes!: Loss of interest, withdrawal, isolation are some of the common symptoms of depression that have an evident effect on one's social life. Sense of worthlessness, inadequacy and low self esteem, are other symptoms that clearly affect one's social skills. In contrast, self confidence characterises socially skilled individuals. ...Read more
Yes they do!: Assisted living facilities are long-term programs, regulated independently by each state. In fact, a large number of residents often have alzheimer's or other dementias. Services are provided on a 24-hour basis and include treatment and care based on individualized assessments. Dignity and quality of life are also key elements of care (see www.Alz.Org). ...Read more
18 year-old female with past pseudotumor cerebri and shunt placement, but now has intractable daily headache, emotional lability, slow cognition.....?
Depends on Diagnosis: There are several types of hydrocephalus in adults. Shunting is typically most successful in patients with acquired hydrocephalus (e.g., hydrocephalus from a brain tumor, bleed, etc) and much less successful in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus. You will need to further discuss this subject with your neurosurgeon ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer