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Childs Nerv Syst. 2006 Sep;22(9):1187-93. Epub 2006 Mar 16.

Sterile ascites from a ventriculoperitoneal shunt: a case report and review of the literature.

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Department of Neurosurgery, TMP 4, Yale University School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06510, USA. michael.diluna@yale.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Symptomatic, sterile cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) ascites is a rare complication of ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt surgery. To date, reports in the literature have linked this unusual circumstance to various intra-abdominal, CNS, or nonspecific inflammatory causes.

CASE REPORT:

We present the case of a four-year-old boy with a recently fenestrated arachnoid cyst and VP shunt, who presented with sudden-onset, sterile CSF ascites. The ascites resolved with conversion of the preexisting VP shunt to a ventriculoatrial shunt.

PMID:
16541295
DOI:
10.1007/s00381-006-0054-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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