Turkish Neurosurgery 2012 , Vol 22 , Num 2
An Unusual Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Complication: Spontaneous Knot Formation
Alp Ozgun BORCEK, Soner CIVI, Mustafa GOLEN, Hakan EMMEZ, M. Kemali BAYKANER
Gazi University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Ankara, Turkey DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.3506-10.0 This article aims to describe an extraordinary complication of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt system that formed a knot spontaneously and lead to a shunt malfunction. A 3-year-old male patient was operated due to posttraumatic hydrocephalus. After an uneventful follow-up period of 34 months, he presented with shunt malfunction. During the shunt revision surgery, the peritoneal catheter was found to form a loop over itself. There are various complications of ventriculoperitoneal shunt systems. Migration to body cavities is among the most interesting ones. This is the fifth report describing this rare complication. Hydrocephalic patients should be closely followed up after shunt surgery for various extraordinary complications. Keywords : V/P Shunt, Shunt Complication, Shunt Malfunction
Corresponding author : Alp Ozgun Borcek, alpob@yahoo.com