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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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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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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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Are shunt operations for adult hydrocephalus patients usually completely successful?

Are shunt operations for adult hydrocephalus patients usually completely successful?

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 more

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Should a patient with intracranial hypertension be checked for stenosis before being shunted?

Should a patient with intracranial hypertension be checked for stenosis before being shunted?

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

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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?

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?

Shunt Maintenance: As often as the Neurosurgeon following the shunt desires it. If the shunt is working well and there is no change clinically or neurologically will an MRI change the treatment plan? ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is non-communicating hydrocephalus terminal when the patient is not a candidate for either shunt or endoscopic third ventriculostomy (etv) surgeries?

Possibly: This depends on the chronicity of the hydrocephalus. If it has taken a while to build up to this stage, then the patient may slowly compensate for it. If it has occurred acutely, then the patient will likely expire. ...Read more