People of any age can develop hydrocephalus and therefore require a VP shunt. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, hydrocephalus is more likely to occur in babies and older adults. The National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) estimates that 1 to 2 of every 1,000 babies are born with hydrocephalus.Author: Erica Roth.
Incidence Of Headaches In Shunted Hydrocephalus. • Essentially all adolescents and young adults with shunts will have headaches if asked. • Most of these headaches are mild, intermittent and lead to normal function • Severe headaches in shunted patients with apparently working shunts is called the “Slit Ventricle Syndrome” (SVS).
Jun 19, 2019 · One incision will be in your head and the other in your abdomen. One end of the shunt will be placed into your brain. This end of the shunt will be connected to a valve that controls the amount of CSF that goes through the shunt. You may need another incision behind your ear to create a pocket for the valve. Near the valve is a reservoir or pump.
Headaches in Patients With Shunts. However, the treatment of hydrocephalus did not lead to normal lives for these patients. Patients with a shunt live with the constant fear of shunt failure and a long litany of complications associated with dependency on an implanted foreign body such Cited by: 22.