Title

Cecal Perforation: A Rare Complication of a Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt

Department

Physician Assistant

Document Type

Article

Publication Source

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Volume 31, Issue 9, Pages 28-31.

Publication Date

2018-9

Abstract

Hydrocephalus can be the result of an infection, obstruction, impaired reabsorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), or an abnormal increase in CSF. Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunting is the gold standard treatment for hydrocephalus despite its high rate of complications, including catheter obstruction and infection. Spontaneouscecal perforation by a VP shunt is extremely rare. Headache or subtle change in personality may indicate a VP shunt infection. Early recognition of the infection is critical for optimal patient outcomes.

DOI

10.1097/01.JAA.0000541481.16493.d1

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