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Is there any way to stop needing your vp shunt forever?
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Dr. Ken Yonemura
Neurosurgery
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In brief: VP Shunt
Some patients have maintained the ability to reabsorb spinal fluid and the primary problem is a blockage within the pathways in the brain.
In those situations, a 3rd ventriculostomy can be performed to redirect CSF around the blockage. Occasionally, there are patients who are found to have a broken shunt but without redeveloping hydrocephalus, essentially "outgrown the need for the shunt".

In brief: VP Shunt
Some patients have maintained the ability to reabsorb spinal fluid and the primary problem is a blockage within the pathways in the brain.
In those situations, a 3rd ventriculostomy can be performed to redirect CSF around the blockage. Occasionally, there are patients who are found to have a broken shunt but without redeveloping hydrocephalus, essentially "outgrown the need for the shunt".
Dr. Ken Yonemura
Dr. Ken Yonemura
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In brief: Unlikely
The original indication dictates the need and the permanence.

In brief: Unlikely
The original indication dictates the need and the permanence.
Dr. Creighton Wright
Dr. Creighton Wright
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