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Dr. Estrada Bernard
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Vp Shunt (Overview)

A tube that drains cerebrospinal fluid from brain to peritoneal cavity.


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What is a vp shunt?

What is a vp shunt?

CSF diversion: It is tubing and a one way valve that drains cerebrospinal fluid (csf) made in the brain into the abdominal cavity.

Dr. Estrada Bernard
161 Doctors shared insights

Vp Shunt (Overview)

A tube that drains cerebrospinal fluid from brain to peritoneal cavity.


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Is a vp shunt temporary?

Is a vp shunt temporary?

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?

Is a vp shunt a suctioner?

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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Does vp shunt cause diareha?

Does vp shunt cause diareha?

No: Can't even conceive of a connection here.

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What the purpose of. A vp shunt?

Brain Drain: The brain is cushioned by a layer of fluid called CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) but in injury or inflammation, blood or blocked CSF can squeeze the brain causing damage. A vp shunt drains excess pressurized fluid to the abdomen to keep pressure off the brain.

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How long does a vp shunt last for?

Varies: I have patients who have had their shunt for 20 years which still works. I have others whose shunt fails in just a few years. Newer technology is helping shunts last longer.

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Should you be able to feel your vp shunt?

Should you be able to feel your vp shunt?

Yes: You should be able to feel the catheter and you should be able to feel the valve under the skin.

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How do you know if your vp shunt falls out?

Can't: It will not. It would require an incision in the head area to remove your shunt. They cannot fall out. They must be removed- and you'll want to be asleep when they do it!

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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.

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Should you be able to feel the tubing if vp shunt?

Should you be able to feel the tubing if vp shunt?

Yes: The shunt tubing and valve (bulging part under scalp) are close enough under the skin to be felt. None of the shunt parts should be visible through the skin (no skin or tissue covering the shunt), however.

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Can you join the air force if you have a vp shunt?

Unlikely: You can speak to a recruiter to make sure, but I would doubt it. The primary reason is that a shunt malfunction requires emergent surgical treatment and the evaluation of a shunt requires advanced imaging modalities such as a CT scan. Good luck.

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What are the symptoms of a vp shunt underdrainage?

Mainly headaches: There are a many symptoms that a person can feel if a VP shunt is not draining fluid properly or "underdraining" though many of these symptoms can occur in both under as well as "overdraining" so one really doesn't know exactly which situation they're in from a clinical perspective. I could supply much more information to you if you can send me more details. Write to: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi

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Is there any way to stop needing your vp shunt ever?

Is there any way to stop needing your vp shunt ever?

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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I would like to know what is an slp or s/p vp shunt?

Event done: S/p means status post. It refers to naming an event usually in a medical record that has already happened. Thus s/p hernia surgery would mean that hernia surgery had been done in the past and s/p vp shunt means that a ventricular-peritoneal shunt has been done on that patient.

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Is there any way to stop needing your vp shunt forever?

Is there any way to stop needing your vp shunt forever?

VP Shunt: Some patients have maintained the ability to reabsorb spinal fluid and the primary problem is a blockage within the pathways in the brain. In those situations, a 3rd ventriculostomy can be performed to redirect CSF around the blockage. Occasionally, there are patients who are found to have a broken shunt but without redeveloping hydrocephalus, essentially "outgrown the need for the shunt".

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Do you think I can go in the navy if I have a vp shunt?

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.

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Does having a VP shunt affect any type of growth for me?

Does having a VP shunt affect any type of growth for me?

Nope: At age 18 you probably are not going to do much more growing. The shunt itself should not in anyway affect growth. Some condition that might lead to having a need for a VPShunt might have had an impact on your height.

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Could anyone please explain to me why my vp shunt cord hurts?

Could anyone please explain to me why my vp shunt cord hurts?

This is unusual: The vp shunt tubing should not hurt. In fact, you shouldn't be able to feel it at all (sometimes you can feel a ridge, but should not hurt). I would see your neurosurgeon about this. If there is associated swelling, redness, or fever, consider this an emergency. More on hydrocephalus and vp shunts, read this monograph: http://wp. Me/s382os-hydrolog

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