Experience with use of extended length peritoneal shunt catheters

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College School of Medicine
Department Neurosurgery
Creator Couldwell, William T.
Other Author LeMay, Daniel R.; McComb, J. Gordon
Title Experience with use of extended length peritoneal shunt catheters
Date 1996
Description The placement of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt is the current treatment of choice for diversion of cerebrospinal fluid associated with hydrocephalus. Although there are a host of reported potential abdominal complications related to the procedure, they are notably uncommon. The authors report their experience with the primary insertion of an extended length open-ended peritoneal tubing (120 cm) undertaken expressly to avoid the need for a lengthening procedure because of growth of the patient. In a review of new insertions of VP shunts using the extended length tubing over a 14-year period at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, a total of 998 shunts were placed in 952 patients, with a mean follow-up period of 6.7 years. The patients experienced a total of 52 distal shunt revisions for a variety of malfunction etiologies. In patients ranging in age from premature neonate to 20 years, there was no increase in the distal complication rate, and specifically no complications were experienced that were directly related to the use of the extended length tubing. The authors conclude that the use of an extended length peritoneal shunt catheter is not associated with an increase in complications and eliminates the need to lengthen the peritoneal catheter for growth of the patient.
Type Text
Publisher American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Volume 85
First Page 425
Last Page 427
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Couldwell, W. T., LeMay, D. R., & McComb, J. G. (1996). Experience with use of extended length peritoneal shunt catheters. Journal of Neurosurgery, 85, 425-7.
Rights Management (c) American Association of Neurological Surgeons
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-12-03
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