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If I have another shunt malfunction would I have the same symptoms as I did before?

If I have another shunt malfunction would I have the same symptoms as I did before?

Possibly: If you are having symptoms similar to those you had last time you had shunt malfunction, yes you could be having another one and should see your doctor ...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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What causes a shunt malfunction in hydrocephalic patients?

What causes a shunt malfunction in hydrocephalic patients?

Blockage by material: A shunt may accumulate proteinaceous material on it inner diameter . Slow flow may also cause clotting of the shunt. ...Read more

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Can shunt malfunction be prevented or detected beforehand?

Can shunt malfunction be prevented or detected beforehand?

No: Assuming ventricular shunts in the brain, proper placement is important to minimize chance of blockage. But there is no way to predict or prevent actual malfunction. Patients with shunts should be followed up regularly and discuss any symptoms of headaches, nausea, or vision problems immediately with their doctor. Surgical correction may be needed. (other shunts exist: e.g. Av dialysis ). ...Read more

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What are the signs of a vp shunt malfunction?

What are the signs of a vp shunt malfunction?

Many: Headaches, dizziness, vertigo, difficulty with balance, blurred vision, difficulty looking up, nausea and other symptoms as well. ...Read more

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I have a vp shunt for Hydrocephalus and if I have shunt malfunction and if I don't get treated right away what would happen to me?

I have a vp shunt for Hydrocephalus and if I have shunt malfunction and if I don't get treated right away what would happen to me?

HEADACHE: will be the first thing you notice with a shunt malfunction. Then you will loose coordination, vomit, have visual problems, lose consciousness and if you continue to be untreated you will build up enough pressure for your brainstem to be pushed through the base of the skull and your breathing will stop. ...Read more

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I seem to be having headaches and lower back pain everytime i bend down... I wanted to know if there may be shunt malfunction due to hydrocephalus

I seem to be having headaches and lower back pain everytime i bend down... 

I wanted to know if there may be shunt malfunction due to hydrocephalus

Check with neuro: If you're having new onset headaches when bending at the waist and back pain which wasn't there before then, you could have several things...but with the presence of a shunt I wouldn't waste any time. Either get to your neurologist or neurosurgeon to get things looked at quickly. Don't hang out waiting for more to develop. If you'd like to talk 1-1 with me: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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I havent been able to exercise without getting really bad headaches. Not a chairi and apparently not a shunt malfunction. Had shunt series,mri,ct. ?

I havent been able to exercise without getting really bad headaches. Not a chairi and apparently not a shunt malfunction. Had shunt series,mri,ct. 
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Headaches: i can't even hazard a guess as to what your headaches are caused from in a patient with a complex neurosurgical history such as yours. It appears that your Neurosurgeon has ruled out surgical problems. I think it is time to see a neurologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi i've read few faq on here n I have all the malfunction problems that thre is a problem with my vp shunt, what should I do?

Hi i've read few faq on here n I have all the malfunction problems that thre is a problem with my vp shunt, what should I do?

Neurosurgeon: If you think your vp shunt is malfunctioning or at the least needs some adjustment to the flow (possible for some models of vp shunts), i would immediately get in touch with the neurosurgeon who placed it. Vp shunt malfunctions can be life-threatening. It is better to be safe than sorry. ...Read more

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