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What Is A Shunt
Viral infection: CMV (cytomegalovirus) usually does not produce an overt infection in healthy people, but in those who are immunocompromised (as in end-stage renal disease, hiv, different forms of cancer) the infection can become serious. If a shunt is infected, it will need treatment and you will have to talk to your doctor about this. Is this a av shunt for dialysis, or a different shunt? ...Read more
In June 2014 my penile operated by Dr treatment of pripism and do granular shunt. After treatment my penile never erecte may I what is "granular shunt" n how I get erection without implantation?
It depends...: I assume you are talking about CSF flow. Usually, this is treated by a catheter that is placed in the ventricle of the brain, then tunneled under the skin to the abdominal cavity where the fluid is resorbed. This is a vp shunt or ventriculoperitoneal shunt. There are other less common shunts, to treat hydrocephalus. ...Read more
Please resubmit: and let us know the specific type of shunt that you are referring to. Thanks. ...Read more
Artery & Vein Mix: The circulation is in two parts; the arterial (delivering blood rich in oxygen to the body) and the venous (returning blood to the heart and lungs to receive oxygen). There are not supposed to be any connections or short-cuts that "mix" them (a shunt). Shunts can be created for dialysis patients, or they can be congenital (present as a birth defect). Large shunts usually need to be repaired. ...Read more
Can someone tell if they're still dependent on vp shunt by pumping it? If so, how? And what does tapping the shunt mean?
Shunt pumping: It is not a good idea to pump your own shunt. If it is not working correctly pumping the shunt under supervision of a neurosurgeon may be required. This is temporary until the shunt can be revised. Tapping a shunt means placing a small needle into the shunt reservoir and drawing out a small amount of fluid usually to culture to see if the fluid is infected. ...Read more
My shunt must be set on high setting it doesn't drain straight away and I get a bad headache until it does what is the highest shunt setting?
Fistula vs shunt: Basically, fistulas are natural occurring, abnormal communications between structures (e.g. Between the trachea & the esophagus or between the bladder & the vagina) & shunts are man made communications between structures (e.g. Between an artery & a vein for dialysis or between a cerebral ventricle & the peritoneal cavity for removing excess cerebrospinal fluid in hydrocephalus). ...Read more
What happens if a brain shunt shifts after surgery, is the memory loss permanent or temporary once the shunt is corrected?
The brain can heal: There is hope of regaining your memory.,even if there is memory loss. Tthis because the brain can be repaired, due to Neuroplasticity. The brain can repair or make new neural connections through the mean of cognitive therapy by a Speech and Language Pathologist or through Neurofeedback and eating an anti-inflammatory diet. ...Read more
My 3 week old son has had a bleed on the brain and developed hydrocephalus as a result. What other treatment, besides a shunt, can be done?
Depends on variables: The bleed can impair the absorption of spinal fluid from the brain surface where it goes after circulating in the brain and spinal cord. It is made continuously and when the surfaces or plumbing is blocked, pressure builds and can damage the brain. Pediatric neurosurgeons can sometimes open a blocked area or redirect flow without a shunt but the needs of each case determines the treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long do follow ups after benign brain tumor removal last until? If all is stable, will they no longer be necessary? What if patient has 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the probability of VP shunt getting clogged after the first shunt revision surgery in adults?
Hydrocephalus : The rate of shunt revisions is approximately 25% in the first year. Thereafter the rate drops to 1%/year. The shunt can last up to 25 years. New advances such as programmable valves, placement of the catheter under stereotactic guidance, endoscopic positioning, and laparoscopic assisted placement of the peritoneal tubing over the dome of the liver can dramatically reduce the shunt revision rate. ...Read more
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