Ventroculoperitoneal shunts in the Emergency Department
cerebrospinal fluid shunts, VP shunts, shunt failure, hydrocephalus
Emergency Medicine | Nervous System Diseases | Surgical Procedures, Operative
In this paper, we review the indications, complications, and pitfalls associated with ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts. As most VP shunt problems initially present to the emergency department, it is important for emergency physicians to be well-versed in managing them. In the article, the possible reasons for shunt failure are explored and summarized using an infographic. We also examine potential clinical presentations of VP shunt failure.
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Ferras M, Mccauley N, Stead T, et al. (February 03, 2020) Ventriculoperitoneal Shunts in the Emergency Department: A Review. Cureus 12(2): e6857. doi:10.7759/cureus.6857