Title

Ventroculoperitoneal shunts in the Emergency Department

Division

North Florida

Hospital

Orange Park

Document Type

Review Article

Publication Date

2-3-2020

Keywords

cerebrospinal fluid shunts, VP shunts, shunt failure, hydrocephalus

Disciplines

Emergency Medicine | Nervous System Diseases | Surgical Procedures, Operative

Abstract

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.

Publisher or Conference

Cureus

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