Mechanical complications of shunt for hydrocephalus

Authors

  • Aline Saré de Melo

Keywords:

Hydrocephalus, pediatric neurosurgery, cerebrospinal fluid shunt, mechanical complications

Abstract

Introduction: Hydrocephalus is the pathology most frequently addressed and studied in pediatric neurosurgery. Over 15,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Although it is the most com-mon procedure performed by pediatric neurosurgeons, the shunt implant for drainage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) also presents the highest rate of failure and replenishment. The last 50 years have been marked by important advances in quality of these implants. How-ever, little has changed regarding the prevalence of these failures. We will comment here the main mechanical failures of the shunt: disconnection, migration, fracture and scrap-ing of the catheter, hollow visceral perforation and distal catheter knot.

Methods: Literature review about the main causes of mechanical failure in shunts

Conclusion: Shunt dysfunction is still very common, despite technological advances in the treatment of hydrocephalus. Mechanical causes of shunt dysfunction correspond to about 30% of the reasons for changing or overhauling valves. Most of these occur due to surgical problems. Therefore, safe measures reduces these events their clinical features.

Author Biography

Aline Saré de Melo

Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery Americas Medical Group, Section of Neurosurgery, Ipanema Federal Hospital

Published

2020-04-01