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What Causes A Shunt Malfunction In Hydrocephalic Patients
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
ComplexHighRiskIssue: Seemingly simple questions often do not have simple & accurate answers. While i work to provide accurate & reasonably thorough answers (look for yourself), unfortunately, you have offered far too little information (no insult intended) about the individual & situation in question to even know where to begin without strong odds of offering irrelevant or even potentially harmful answers. ...Read more
Shunt (following a hemmoraghic stroke) maintenance. How often should a patient (61 years old - installed 2 years ago) get an MRI (or other scan) for a shunt?
Am a hydrocephalus patient by birth i am 18 now had a replacement of vp shunt at the age of 15 but after that there r no problems regarding vp shunt b?
I think your : question got cut off. Are you asking about the incidence of shunt malfunction in adults? Thank you in advance for clarifying your question. ...Read more
If i was ur patient and i said my vp shunt was hurting for 3 weeks and i was unable to sleep what would u do for me doc said for me to ride it out ?
Doc careful: Can you ask doc to suggest some pain meds to help? I would not prescribe sleeping pills. ...Read more
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