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Neurocrit Care. 2017 Oct;27(2):265-275. doi: 10.1007/s12028-016-0366-3.

Shunt Devices for Neurointensivists: Complications and Management.

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1
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Hanna House Room 5040, Cleveland, OH, 44106-1716, USA.
2
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Hanna House Room 5040, Cleveland, OH, 44106-1716, USA. cramoses@icloud.com.

Abstract

Cerebrospinal fluid diversion has become the mainstay treatment in hydrocephalus for over 50 years. As the number of patients with ventricular shunt systems increases, neurointensivists are becoming the first-line physicians for many of these patients. When symptoms of a shunt malfunction are suspected and access to a neurosurgeon is limited or delayed, workup and temporizing measures must be initiated. The article highlights the functional nuances, complications, and management of current programmable shunt valves and their MRI sensitivity.

KEYWORDS:

Complications; Neurointensivists; Shunt; Valves

PMID:
28243998
DOI:
10.1007/s12028-016-0366-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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