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In a baby with hydrocephalus and after shunting will the child need a new shunt next year or two?

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Dr. Reza Karimi
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Possibly

If the shunt stops working (shunt failure), it will need to be revised.
This often entails placing a completely new shunt system or a partial new system. It is impossible to predict exactly when this will happen, but the general risk of shunt failure is 10% per year. The shunt may also need to be lengthened as the child grows. All of the above possibilities entail a surgical procedure.

In brief: Possibly

If the shunt stops working (shunt failure), it will need to be revised.
This often entails placing a completely new shunt system or a partial new system. It is impossible to predict exactly when this will happen, but the general risk of shunt failure is 10% per year. The shunt may also need to be lengthened as the child grows. All of the above possibilities entail a surgical procedure.
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