Can you live a normal life with a shunt?
Many people with normal pressure hydrocephalus enjoy a normal life with the help of a shunt.
Regular, ongoing checkups with the neurosurgeon will help ensure that your shunt is working correctly, your progress is on track, and you are free to keep living the way you want..
How often should a shunt be checked?
All younger patients with a shunt should probably be encouraged to seek a neurosurgical check up at least every three years, ideally at a dedicated hydrocephalus follow up clinic.
What happens if a shunt stops working?
A shunt blockage can be very serious as it can lead to an build-up of excess fluid in the brain, which can cause brain damage. This will cause the symptoms of hydrocephalus. Emergency surgery will be needed to replace the malfunctioning shunt.
How do you know if a shunt is malfunctioning?
Shunt Malfunction SignsHeadaches.Vomiting.Lethargy (sleepiness)Irritability.Swelling or redness along the shunt tract.Decreased school performance.Periods of confusion.Seizures.
How long does a shunt last?
Shunting is successful in reducing pressure in the brain in most people. VP shunts are likely to require replacement after several years, especially in small children. The average lifespan of an infant’s shunt is two years. Adults and children over the age of 2 may not need a shunt replacement for eight or more years.
What are the symptoms of VP shunt Overdrainage?
Symptoms of overdrainage often include headache and are similar to the symptoms of underdrainage (hydrocephalus). Underdrainage occurs when CSF is not removed quickly, fluid builds up in the ventricles and the symptoms of hydrocephalus recur.