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Can shunt malfunction be prevented or detected beforehand?

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Jin Packard
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: No

Assuming ventricular shunts in the brain, proper placement is important to minimize chance of blockage.
But there is no way to predict or prevent actual malfunction. Patients with shunts should be followed up regularly and discuss any symptoms of headaches, nausea, or vision problems immediately with their doctor. Surgical correction may be needed. (other shunts exist: e.g. Av dialysis ).

In brief: No

Assuming ventricular shunts in the brain, proper placement is important to minimize chance of blockage.
But there is no way to predict or prevent actual malfunction. Patients with shunts should be followed up regularly and discuss any symptoms of headaches, nausea, or vision problems immediately with their doctor. Surgical correction may be needed. (other shunts exist: e.g. Av dialysis ).
Jin Packard
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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: May be

It is usually inevitable after certain period but you can try by keeping yourself well hydrated by taking lots of vegetables and fruits as well.

In brief: May be

It is usually inevitable after certain period but you can try by keeping yourself well hydrated by taking lots of vegetables and fruits as well.
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