Fractured ventriculoperitoneal shunt with resultant hydrocephalus

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Altered conscious state. VP shunt.

Patient Data

Age: 21
Gender: Male

Ventriculomegaly with dilatation of the temporal horns in particular. Right parietal approach ventricular drain. 

The shunt tubing is fractured at the level of the upper cervical spine. The distal tubing is now coiled within the abdomen.

Case Discussion

Shunt fracture is common, most commonly occurring in the neck. Often there is a delay between shunt disconnection and symptoms. 

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Case information

rID: 39615
Case created: 11th Sep 2015
Last edited: 17th Dec 2016
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