An Unusual Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Complication: Spontaneous Knot Formation


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BÖRCEK A. Ö., Civi S., Golen M., Emmez H., Baykaner M. K.

TURKISH NEUROSURGERY, vol.22, no.2, pp.261-264, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.5137/1019-5149.jtn.3506-10.0
  • Journal Name: TURKISH NEUROSURGERY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.261-264
  • Keywords: V/P Shunt, Shunt Complication, Shunt Malfunction, PERITONEAL CATHETER, INTRATHORACIC MIGRATION, HYDROTHORAX, PROTRUSION, HYDROCELE, HEART
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This article aims to describe an extraordinary complication of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt system that formed a knot spontaneously and lead to a shunt malfunction. A 3-year-old male patient was operated due to posttraumatic hydrocephalus. After an uneventful follow-up period of 34 months, he presented with shunt malfunction. During the shunt revision surgery, the peritoneal catheter was found to form a loop over itself. There are various complications of ventriculoperitoneal shunt systems. Migration to body cavities is among the most interesting ones. This is the fifth report describing this rare complication. Hydrocephalic patients should be closely followed up after shunt surgery for various extraordinary complications.