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

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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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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How often are there complications during shunt placement for hydrocephalus?

Not often: Shunt placement procedure is usually safe. Malplacement, small amount of bleeding could rarely occur. It's important to note that 50% of shunts will fail in the first 2 years and will need to be revised. ...Read more

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Why does one have to stay flat for 24 hours after vp shunt placement? Afterwards, what happens when they elevate upright/lie back down?

Why does one have to stay flat for 24 hours after vp shunt placement? Afterwards, what happens when they elevate upright/lie back down?

Headache prevention: You can disobey, but you will likely be unhappy! after the rest and fluid adjustments one will be fine! some cerebrospinal, fluid is lost in the process of the surgery so the body needs to compensate. ...Read more

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How long after vascular shunt placement can I begin dialysis?

Depends: Most access surgeons will recommend 1-2 weeks after placement. This is to allow scar to form around the graft so that your risk of bleeding/infection after accessing with needles is lower. In an emergency, it can be used sooner. ...Read more

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Can people change after surgery for a vp shunt placement? are there any effects from the surgery? I have changed since mine im not the same person

Yes maybe medication: Yes people can change, but medications are sometimes prescribed that make people feel different. Please speak with your doctor ...Read more

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Is that normal to have changes after a VP shunt placement I changed like I get mood changes an weak and numb on one side ,effects like a brain injury?

No. You may have : fluctuations in intracranial pressure, so tell your neurosurgeon. I have a family member with a V-P shunt who had persistent one-sided headaches for a few months, for which no anatomical reason was found. But it's vitally important to check for shunt problems whenever you experience new medical or behavioral symptoms. See http://www.hydroassoc.org. When in doubt, always check it out. ...Read more

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Is it common for a patient to undergo random extremely painful episodes then minimal to no pain at all after vp shunting?

Is it common for a patient to undergo random extremely painful episodes then minimal to no pain  at all after vp shunting?

Unusual: It depends where the pain is. If it is in the scalp or along the pathway of the shunt-this may be some local irritation of the tissue around the shunt. If there is abdominal pain this may be from irritation of the peritoneum by the distal shunt catheter. If it is inside the head , like a pressure sensation-this may be intermittent build-up of fluid before the shunt valve is "triggered" to drain. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why can't you do an IV on a fistula/shunt and if you do are there any complications?

Here's why: Here's why we don't place IVs in fistula/shunt. First, blood flow is high pressure in them and would force blood backward through IV. Second, placing an IV into the fistula/shunt by staff who aren't used to it often injures the fistula/shunt resulting in issues like pseudoaneurysms. Shunts/fistulae are important so we save them for your dialysis! ...Read more

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