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    Old 03-16-2008, 11:26 PM   #1
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    brain shunt for hydrocephalus

    is it possible to test a shunt to determine if it is still functioning properly?

    Does a brain shunt function indefinitely. or does it normally need to be replaced after a certain period of time?

     
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    Re: brain shunt for hydrocephalus

    I believe it has to be changed after a period of time, but I'm not sure exactly how long. I used to date someone with hydrocephalus.

     
    Old 04-16-2008, 02:40 AM   #3
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    Re: brain shunt for hydrocephalus

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    is it possible to test a shunt to determine if it is still functioning properly?

    Does a brain shunt function indefinitely. or does it normally need to be replaced after a certain period of time?
    I have a friend who has hydrocephalus. She has had many many many surgeries to replace her shunt while she was growing up. It's not necessary to change it as much now, but she still needs it changed every couple of years.
    In her case, she has to wait until she the pressure on her brain builds up to the point that she completely passes out in order to get her shunt changed because her ventricals(or whatever they are called) that the shunt goes into are slit like and have to be swollen in order to insert a new shunt. She explained to me that the reason the shunt must be replaced is that it gets clogged over time. Sometimes the pressure will clean it out. Sometimes it wont.

     
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