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What are the most common complications of shunt placement in adults?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Tree are a few

Infection, draining too much fluid, bleeding in brain are rare but possible complications.
There are a few others that are extraordinarily rare as well.

In brief: Tree are a few

Infection, draining too much fluid, bleeding in brain are rare but possible complications.
There are a few others that are extraordinarily rare as well.
Dr. Roger Frankel
Dr. Roger Frankel
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Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery

In brief: Blood clot

Aside from shunt infection, mechanical shunt malfunction, the most serious complication occurs when there is overdrainage of spinal fluid by the shunt.
There is brain shrinkage, which causes small veins to break and bleed. Subdural hematomas can occur, which may need surgery for evacuate or drain the clot.

In brief: Blood clot

Aside from shunt infection, mechanical shunt malfunction, the most serious complication occurs when there is overdrainage of spinal fluid by the shunt.
There is brain shrinkage, which causes small veins to break and bleed. Subdural hematomas can occur, which may need surgery for evacuate or drain the clot.
Dr. Tung Nguyen
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