Complications of ventriculo-peritoneal shunt

D. W. Tseng, M. Y. Liu, S. H. Tsai

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The ventriculo-peritoneal shunt is a well established method in the treatment of primary and secondary hydrocephalus. Seventy ventriculo-peritoneal shunt operations were performed on fifty patients encountered at Tri-Service General Hospital during the last 7 years (1976-1982). The underlying causes of hydrocephalus were: brain tumor (25 cases), congenital hydrocephalus (16 cases), post-traumatic hydrocephalus (6 cases) and normal pressure hydrocephalus (3 cases). Twelve of the 50 patients (24%) developed post-operative complications. The complications in this series were: wound infection (5 cases), obstruction of the ventricular catheter (4 cases), disconnection of the reservoir connector (2 cases) and shortening of the peritoneal catheter (1 case). Among these 12 cases, 8 underwent two or more revisions of the shunt. The remaining 4 cases with superficial wound infection were managed conservatively. The types of complications and principles of management with emphasis on prevention of complications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJournal of Surgical Association Republic of China
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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