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Cerebrospinal fluid shunts in pregnancy. Report of two cases and review of the literature.
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PMID:  3276335     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
With the introduction of silicone indwelling cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunts in the 1960s, the prognosis for children with hydrocephalus changed dramatically. These individuals are leading normal and productive lives today. Many women with CSF shunts are not entering the childbearing years. Previously, only 13 cases of pregnancy occurring in patients with CSF shunts have been reported. We present two cases here and review the complications and outcome of the other reported cases. Shunt malfunction appears to be common in pregnancy due to increased intraperitoneal pressure and the enlarging uterus. Rarely is surgical correction or premature delivery necessary. A successful pregnancy ending in the vaginal delivery of a term infant can be expected in the majority of these patients.
P Samuels; D A Driscoll; M B Landon; J Ludmir; P J McKrisky; M T Mennuti; S G Gabbe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of perinatology     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0735-1631     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Perinatol     Publication Date:  1988 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-03-15     Completed Date:  1988-03-15     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8405212     Medline TA:  Am J Perinatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  22-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Jerrold R. Golding Division of Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Phildelphia 19104.
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MeSH Terms
Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts* / adverse effects,  instrumentation
Delivery, Obstetric / methods
Equipment Failure
Hydrocephalus / surgery
Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis,  etiology*,  therapy
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