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Can a person with a vp shunt drink alcohol? Would it cause major headaches or would it break?

Can a person with a vp shunt drink alcohol? Would it cause major headaches or would it break?

Comments: Yes, alcohol can be ingested if your state allows at your age. No, would not expect major headaches unless you drink to excess and get a hangover, and no, it will not cause your shunt to break. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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I took vitamin b12 days ago I don't know if this is related or not I drink Gatorade or go poop. I have a lot of pressure on the head. Got vp shunt.?

I took vitamin b12 days ago I don't know if this is related or not I drink Gatorade or go poop. I have a lot of pressure on the head. Got vp shunt.?

I'm not sure: What you are specifically asking about, the question is a little unclear, but if you have a VP shunt and are experiencing increasing headaches/head pressure, you need to see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Does vp shunt cause diareha?

Does vp shunt cause diareha?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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". ...Read more

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Would having an orgasm affect a vp shunt?

Would having an orgasm affect a vp shunt?

No more then coughin: Anytime you do something that increases the pressure in your abdominal, like coughing, a hard bowel movement and also an orgasm the fluid in your shunt will stop flowing for a bit. Not long enough to make a difference. Not to worry. ...Read more

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If someone has vp shunt, are the ventricles suppose to be normal size?

If someone has vp shunt, are the ventricles suppose to be normal size?

Ventricle size: A vp shunt will allow for normalization of intracranial pressure. Depending on the elasticity of the ventricles, size may normalize, stay large, or become small (slit). The ventricle size is not as important as the pressure. ...Read more

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Is constipation an effect of a vp shunt?

Is constipation an effect of a vp shunt?

VP shunt: Constipation may be caused by opiate pain meds after procedure but usually is not complication of a vp shunt. However, if a child has constipation, it can increase abdominal pressure and decrease vp shunt functioning resulting in neurological symptoms. ...Read more

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Would having sex affect a vp shunt?

Would having sex affect a vp shunt?

Vs shunt: The ventruculoperitoneal (vp) shunt is unaffected by sex. The valve automatically adjusts to changes in position, posture and activity level. Likewise, flying in a plane will not affect the vp shunt. ...Read more

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Do vp shunt causes low sex drive?

Do vp shunt causes low sex drive?

Shouldn't: The vp shunt should not affect the libido, however the condition requiring the vp shunt could certainly have an impact on sex drive. ...Read more

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How do you know if a vp shunt comes out in your stomach?

How do you know if a vp shunt comes out in your stomach?

Not in the stomach: Vp shunts typically are placed in the abdominal, or peritoneal cavity. That can be seen on x-ray or ct scan. It should not be in the stomach or bowel. If it really is in the stomach, the shunt may not work properly, or get infected. ...Read more

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Is the vp shunt tubing around the neck near your heart?

Is the vp shunt tubing around the neck near your heart?

Not necessarily: A surgeon will make a tiny incision behind the ear and will also drill a small hole in the skull. One catheter is threaded into the brain through this opening. The other catheter is subcutaneous, meaning it is placed under the skin behind your ear. This tube is snaked down to your chest and abdomen, allowing excess CSF to drain into the abdominal cavity, where your body absorbs it. ...Read more

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Can I fly if I have hydrocephalus? I have a VP shunt. I also have vertigo

Can I fly if I have hydrocephalus? I have a VP shunt. I also have vertigo

Yes can fly: All aircrafts are pressurized and do not alter the function of the VP shunt. It is safe for you to fly in a commercial aircraft. ...Read more

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I have a VP shunt and I keep hearing bubbles in the tubing or valve what does this mean?

Bubbles equal: Air in the shunt, which is probably not a horrible thing but has the VP shunt been "accessed" recently? There should not be air inside the shunt - it goes into the peritoneal cavity not into a colon or small intestine. But ask your surgeon if air inside the tube is a bad thing. ...Read more

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The vp shunt cather piece that is in your neck is it also placed near your heart?

The vp shunt cather piece that is in your neck is it also placed near your heart?

Depends on shunt: There is not really a "piece" in your neck but just tubing traversing it. If you truly have a ventriculoperitoneal shunt, then the tube goes from the head to the abdomen. Sometimes, we place the distal ends of the shunt elsewhere, such as in the right atirum of the heart. We call this a ventirucloatrial shunt. Other times, we place it into the space around the lung, which is ventriculopleural. ...Read more

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My scars on the back of my head from surgery feel like they r gonna explode I've been having vp shunt pain forever?

My scars on the back of my head from surgery feel like they r gonna explode I've been having vp shunt pain forever?

How long since VP?: Have you ever discussed this issue with either the neurosurgeon if you continue to see him or your primary doctor? I don't commonly run into people who have chronic surgical scar pain after VP shunt placement, however, it certainly could happen. There are topical medications which can give temporary relief but if it is chronic you may need more aggressive treatment. Speaking to your doctor is best. ...Read more

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Doc didn't have answer 4 2nd time he said come back in a month what difference will that make could it b vp shunt surgery?

Doc didn't have answer 4 2nd time he said come back in a month what difference will that make could it b vp shunt surgery?

What is the: Main problem that you would like addressed. Perhaps one of us at Health Tap can be of help to you. ...Read more

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I want to get a new vp shunt bc mine is causing me alot of pain and I cant sleep my neurosurgeon says no she said just deal with it?

I want to get a new vp shunt bc mine is causing me alot of pain and I cant sleep my neurosurgeon says no she said just deal with it?

It's a big surgery: Pain is tough, but replacing a VP shunt is a very big deal, with a lot of risk. Consider a second opinion if the symptoms are unbearable. ...Read more

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I have a vp shunt can you hear fluid coming through the tube I've been hearing this gurgling noise sounds like it goes down the shunt side?

I have a vp shunt can you hear fluid coming through the tube I've been hearing this gurgling noise sounds like it goes down the shunt side?

Not likely: The flow of fluid through the small tube is not enough to produce turbulent flow, which would produce noise. If the reservoir in the shunt valve is depressed, and that reproduces the noise, you may have some air in the reservoir. That is benign.

Check with your surgeon if the sound persists. ...Read more

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My husband had a vp shunt put in 21 years ago... He is 48 years old. He had a severe headache for 2 days then he suddenly started stuttering...

My husband had a vp shunt put in 21 years ago... He is 48 years old. He had a severe headache for 2 days then he suddenly started stuttering...

Shunt and headache: I would have your husband evaluated as soon as possible by his neurosurgeon or neurologist. With a severe headache and new neurological finding, in this case stuttering, a shunt malfunction should be ruled out or in. ...Read more

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I need my vp shunt to break bc it has been causing pain for 2 weeks but neurosurgeon said it was fine I cant sleep with the pain I need it out?

I need my vp shunt to break bc it has been causing pain for 2 weeks but neurosurgeon said it was fine I cant sleep with the pain I need it out?

No you don't: Do you fully understand what your shunt does? It drains CSF that would cause increased pressure on your brain into your abdomen where it is reabsorbed. If it broke or quit functioning then you would have increased pain. With your history of migraine it is likely that they need to be controlled. See your doctor or a neurologist for help with that. ...Read more

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When you have a operation to place a vp shunt the piece of bone they take out do they put a plate and screws to hold it in when they put it back?

When you have a operation to place a vp shunt the piece of bone they take out do they put a plate and screws to hold it in when they put it back?

VP shunt: Vp shunts are procedures that are performed to help alleviate pressure, or fluid buildup in the ventricles of the brain.

After placement of a vp shunt, the original bone is typically replaced. ...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


Dr. Estrada Bernard
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Vp Shunt (Definition)

A tube that drains cerebrospinal fluid from ...Read more