Podcast #183: Ventriculoperitoneal Pediatric Shunt Malfunctions - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast #183: Ventriculoperitoneal Pediatric Shunt Malfunctions

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Author: Dr. Iverson

Educational Pearls:

  • Placement of a VP shunt is associated with premature delivery, hydrocephalus, or some other kind of injury as a means of draining excess CSF
  • A malfunctioning VP shunt presents with vomiting, headache, altered mental status
  • Workup includes the “shunt series”: xrays, head CT/rapid MRI
  • In rapid MRI, need to take into consideration whether the VP shunt is programmable because the MRI could erase the programming
  • Special attention needs to be given to patients that present with increased ICP.  You can give these patients 3% saline as a bridging measure but they need to be taken to the OR as soon as possible.

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References: http://www.healthline.com/health/ventriculoperitoneal-shunt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb9dSjDykpI

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