Distal ventriculoperitoneal shunt failure secondary to clostridium difficile colitis

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Publication Type Manuscript
School or College School of Medicine
Department Neurosurgery
Creator Couldwell, William T.; Gottfried, Oren N.
Other Author Binning, Mandy
Title Distal ventriculoperitoneal shunt failure secondary to clostridium difficile colitis
Date 2005-01-01
Description Distal ventriculoperitoneal shunt obstruction is typically associated with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) infection, fluid pseudocysts, bowel obstruction, bowel perforation, or improper shunt placement in the abdomen. We describe a unique etiology for distal shunt obstruction secondary to Clostridium difficile pancolitis that occurred because of inflammation and ascites, which led to incomplete drainage and absorption of CSF. This case illustrates the importance of considering distal shunt obstruction in a patient with signs of abdominal pathology in the setting of mental status changes, and the effective treatment of this patient initially with distal catheter externalization followed by internalization of a new distal catheter after resolution of the pancolitis.
Type Text
Publisher Springer
First Page 1
Last Page 13
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Gottfried, O. N., Binning, M. & Couldwell, W. T. (2005). Distal ventriculoperitoneal shunt failure secondary to clostridium difficile colitis. Acta Neurochirurgica (Wien), 147(3), 335-8, 1-13.
Rights Management (c) Springer (The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com)
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ARK ark:/87278/s68349qp
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-06-13
ID 707307
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s68349qp
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