Types of Shunt Failure Problems

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.