Increased level of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles increases the intracranial pressure within the skull. This condition is known as hydrocephalus, and the removal of this fluid from the cavities of the brain through surgical process is called ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Tapping or aspirating the shunt is performed for both diagnostic reasons (eg, evaluate for shunt infection and blockage) and therapeutic reasons (eg, allows fluids to be drawn off to alleviate symptoms from a blocked shunt).
- Track 1-1 Ventriculoatrial shunt
- Track 2-2 Lumboperitoneal shunt
- Track 3-3 Mechanical complications of shunts
- Track 4-4 Biological complications of shunts
- Track 5-5 VP shunt procedure
- Track 6-6 Risks in shunt placement