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Shunt dysfunction due to calcification of a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14732388     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Calcification and related dysfunction of ventriculo-peritoneal shunts are rare events in neurosurgical practice. Shunt calcification causes shunt dysfunction in two ways, namely disconnection and obstruction. We present a 16-year-old girl with shunt malfunction due to disconnection secondary to calcification. The shunt tubing fractured during attempted removal and some of the remaining components, including the ventricular catheter, had to be left in situ. The shunt was revised and the patients symptoms resolved. Replacement of the calcified and perished shunt components with a new shunt is essential. Aggressive surgical manipulation for removal of the remaining shunt components is not advisable as this may increase morbidity and mortality.
Ertuğrul Cakir; Kayhan Kuzeyli; Haydar Usul; Bekircan Peksoylu; Gökalp Karaarslan; Kadriye Yildiz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0967-5868     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Neurosci     Publication Date:  2004 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-01-20     Completed Date:  2008-01-24     Revised Date:  2009-11-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9433352     Medline TA:  J Clin Neurosci     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  210-1     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, Black Sea Technical University, School of Medicine, TR-61080, Trabzon, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Calcinosis / complications*
Equipment Failure
Foreign-Body Migration / etiology*,  pathology
Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt / instrumentation*

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