The primary treatment for hydrocephalus is ventricular shunt placement, and a programmable valve is widely used for ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt surgery to reduce over/under drainage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Here, we report a rare case of a patient who developed successive VP shunt malfunction causing spastic muscle weakness in extremities associated cervical epidural venous distension and compressive myelopathy due to over-drainage of CSF through a defective VP shunt valve a decade after the initial shunt was placed. One should be aware and cognizant of this complication and carefully follow the symptoms and potentially utilize brain MRI with and without contrast to look at over drainage stigmata to avoid the development of neurological complications.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery: Advanced Techniques and Case Management|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 2018|
- Cervical myelopathy
- Ventriculoperitoneal shunt
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology