How Do You Know If Your Shunt Needs To Be Replaced?

What are symptoms of shunt failure?

Shunt Malfunction SignsHeadaches.Vomiting.Lethargy (sleepiness)Irritability.Swelling or redness along the shunt tract.Decreased school performance.Periods of confusion.Seizures..

Can you fly if you have a shunt in your brain?

Flying in a regular commercial jet is fine for most people with shunts.

What is the life expectancy of someone with hydrocephalus?

What is the life expectancy of a child who has hydrocephalus? Children often have a full life span if hydrocephalus is caught early and treated. Infants who undergo surgical treatment to reduce the excess fluid in the brain and survive to age 1 will not have a shortened life expectancy due to hydrocephalus.

Is having a shunt a disability?

You cannot get disability automatically for hydrocephalus because it is not a specifically listed condition in Social Security’s “blue book” of listed impairments.

Can you live a normal life with a brain shunt?

Many people with normal pressure hydrocephalus enjoy a normal life with the help of a shunt. Regular, ongoing checkups with the neurosurgeon will help ensure that your shunt is working correctly, your progress is on track, and you are free to keep living the way you want.

How long does a shunt last?

Shunting is successful in reducing pressure in the brain in most people. VP shunts are likely to require replacement after several years, especially in small children. The average lifespan of an infant’s shunt is two years. Adults and children over the age of 2 may not need a shunt replacement for eight or more years.

How often should VP shunt be checked?

All younger patients with a shunt should probably be encouraged to seek a neurosurgical check up at least every three years, ideally at a dedicated hydrocephalus follow up clinic.

What happens if a shunt stops working?

A shunt blockage can be very serious as it can lead to an build-up of excess fluid in the brain, which can cause brain damage. This will cause the symptoms of hydrocephalus. Emergency surgery will be needed to replace the malfunctioning shunt.

How long is hospital stay for shunt surgery?

How long is the hospital stay for shunt placement? Most patients leave the hospital within 2 to 7 days, depending on their clinical progress.

Does a shunt stay in forever?

VP shunts are generally safe, but there are some risks during and after the surgery. There can be bleeding, or an infection can develop. VP shunts to not work forever.

How do I know if my shunt is working?

In many cases, diagnostic imaging, such as CT scans or X-rays, is performed to rule in or rule out shunt dysfunction. These imaging tests expose patients to radiation, and many times these tests indicate that the shunt is in fact working properly.

How often does a shunt need to be replaced?

It is difficult to predict how long shunts will last, but some practitioners note that about half of all shunts need to be revised or replaced after 6 years.