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What is a shunt?

What is a shunt?

Shunt: A shunt is a structure or device that transfers body fluid or blood from one area of the body to another area. For example shunts are fashioned to relieve high pressure areas of cerebro spinal fluid by shunting the fluid away to low pressure areas. ...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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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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What is CMV shunt infection?

What is CMV shunt infection?

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

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What exacly is a shunt for dialysis?

What exacly is a shunt for dialysis?

Fistula: It is a sort of connection between artery and vein either using own blood vessels or with synthetic graft. This site is the access for hemodialysis. ...Read more

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What kinda shunt would be for spinal flow blockege?

What kinda shunt would be for spinal flow blockege?

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

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What is a vp shunt?

CSF diversion: It is tubing and a one way valve that drains cerebrospinal fluid(csf) made in the brain into the abdominal cavity. ...Read more

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What's a "shunt" as far as the heart is concerned?

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

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What are the vp shunt blockage signs to look for and do they happen straight away or?

What are the vp shunt blockage signs to look for and do they happen straight away or?

Read this monograph: http://wp.me/s382os-hydrolog It's a brief, informative, and free. Written for the lay patient. Discusses everything you want to know about hydrocephalus and shunts but are afraid to ask. ...Read more

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Can someone tell if they're still dependent on vp shunt by pumping it? If so, how? And what does tapping the shunt mean?

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

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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?

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?

Variable: different manufactures have a variety of valve settings. you also may be "siphoning" and may need an antiphon device placed in line with your valve. suggest consulting a Neurosurgeon- preferably the one who placed the device if possible. good luck. jo ...Read more

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What's the difference between a shunt and fistula?

What's the difference between a shunt and fistula?

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

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What happens if a brain shunt shifts after surgery, is the memory loss permanent or temporary once the shunt is corrected?

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

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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?

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 more

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What the purpose of. A 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 more

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What is the probability of VP shunt getting clogged after the first shunt revision surgery in adults?

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