alexa Lumboperitoneal shunts: are the complications acceptable?
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

Author(s): Karabatsou K, Quigley G, Buxton N, Foy P, Mallucci C

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Abstract BACKGROUND: Lumboperitoneal shunts have long been used in the treatment of benign intracranial hypertension, postoperative pseudomeningocele, CSF leak and communicating hydrocephalus. Although they can provide a rapid and effective resolution of the symptoms there are major disadvantages associated with their use. METHOD: We retrospectively analyzed the records of 21 patients who underwent LP shunt insertion in our institution during the study period. FINDINGS: Eighteen patients (85.7\%) underwent at least one shunt revision with a total of 63 revisions. Shunt related infections were observed in 7 cases and 7 patients developed Chiari malformation, 2 (9\%) of these requiring further treatment. CONCLUSIONS: Despite the symptomatic control achieved with lumboperitoneal shunts we find the complication and revision rates unacceptably high. The technique should be re-evaluated and other treatment strategies considered. This article was published in Acta Neurochir (Wien) and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

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