Archive for the ‘Shunt Malfunctions’ Category

Types of Shunt Failure Problems

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Some experts estimate that the shunt failure rate is as high as 50% after 2 years.  However, for many patients shunts are a necessary, life saving treatment.  Therefore, it is important to recognize both the symptoms of shunt failure and why shunts fail.

Some of the common types of shunt failure problems include:

  • Infection:  this complication most often effects children, but can occur in patients of any age.  Infections can lead to cognitive problems, neurological issues and death.
  • Obstruction:  obstructions of the shunt can lead to a dangerous build up of cerebral spinal fluid.
  • Over Drainage:  over drainage can be just as dangerous as an obstruction.  Serious brain damage and death are possible if too much fluid is drained from the brain.

If you, or your child, have suffered from a shunt failure in Pennsylvania, then it is important to contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice to discuss your rights and potential recovery.

Hydrocephalus Shunt Malfunction Symptoms

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The symptoms of hydrocephalus shunt malfunctions can be difficult to recognize.  For that reason, if you, or your child, have a shunt, it is important to report any symptoms, however mild, to your doctor as soon as possible.

Potential symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Headaches;
  • Nausea or vomiting;
  • Seizures;
  • Significant changes in cognitive ability, ability to work or perform schoolwork; and
  • Changes in personality.

The development of any of these symptoms can indicate that the shunt is malfunctioning and not working the way it was intended.  If you, or your child, have been hurt by a hydrocephalus shunt malfunction then it is important to contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible for more information about your rights.

Shunt Malfunction Symptoms in Children

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Hydrocephalus is serious medical condition that occurs when there is too much cerebrospinal fluid in the cavities of the brain.  In order to solve this problem of “too much water on the brain”, a neurosurgeon can insert a shunt, or a tube, that drains the excess fluid to other parts of the body and prevents pressure on the brain.

This is a good thing with good outcomes for many children who suffer from this condition.  That is, unless the shunt malfunctions.  According to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the following 8 symptoms could be signs that your child’s shunt is malfunctioning:

  • Headaches;
  • Vomiting;
  • Sleepiness;
  • Irritability;
  • Swelling or redness on the shunt tract;
  • Problems with school performance;
  • Confusion; and
  • Seizures.

If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms then it is important to seek immediate medical attention to fix the problem and to determine the cause of the shunt malfunction.