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J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2012 Nov;22(11):733-4. doi: 11.2012/JCPSP.733734.

Transanal protrusion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt catheter.

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Department of Paediatric Surgery, Duzce University, Medical School, Duzce, Turkey.


A two years old boy presented with a transanal protrusion of the ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt catheter. A VP shunt was inserted when the boy was six-month-old for congenital hydrocephalus. He was active and neurologically normal, with no signs of meningitis and peritoneal irritation. During laparotomy, the tube was seen entering the sigmoid colon, so the tube was cut at the point where it entered the sigmoid colon. The distal end of the protruding tube was pulled out from the anus. The sigmoid colon was repaired, and a delayed shunt revision was completed. The patient was discharged without abdominal and neurological deterioration.

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