Need Periodic Control After VP-shunt Installation?
Doctor night. Many people say that patients with Hydrochefalus do not last more than 10 years. But my sister is now 25 years old. At the age of 12 my brother had seizures and high fever so that his eyesight, sense of taste, sense of smell and feet were disturbed. But for a year everything began to improve. R nThe remaining vision was blurred. 2 weeks ago my brother suddenly arrived. Often sick still have to check shunt regularly? And if you have to check the operation or simply with a photo scan? R nWill the shunt be replaced by a new ball pressure. Thanks doctor
Hello, Pledge Mallarangeng, thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.
VP-shunt / ventriculo-perintoneal shunt is a tube that connects the room in the brain with the lining of the abdominal cavity. The purpose of this tube is to drain excess fluid in the brain (under hydrocephalus) into the abdominal cavity. Excessive fluid in the brain can cause symptoms such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, seizures, a sharp decrease in vision, decreased awareness, suppression of the visual nerve, etc.
After a VP-shunt is attached, some complications can occur, such as: VP-shunt is blocked, mechanical work of the VP-shunt is interrupted, detached, or an infection occurs at the VP-shunt installation site. For this reason, once a person has a VP-shunt attached, it is necessary to control it regularly, depending on the patient's condition and recommendations from the doctor who treats it. Usually after a VP-shunt surgery is performed a CT-scan will be performed to see the picture of the position of the hose, then after that the control will be done 1 week after surgery, 1 month, 3 months, up to 6 months. But control depends on the doctor's recommendation and the patient's condition. CT scans are performed on controls only if indicated.
So, if you have complaints related to hydrocephalus or VP-shunt placement (for example: dizziness, blurred eyes, headaches, seizures, fainting, vomiting), then immediately consult a doctor or a specialist in neurosurgery. The doctor will first examine the probable cause of the complaint (whether it is related to the hydrocephalus condition, the installation of the VP-shunt, or for other reasons), and if necessary, additional investigations such as CT-scans and complete blood tests will be carried out.
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