Ventriculopleural shunts for hydrocephalus: A useful alternative

R. F.C. Jones, B. G. Currie, B. C.T. Kwok, D. G. McLone

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From 1969 to 1979, ventriculopleural shunts were inserted in 29 children with progressive hydrocephalus. A standard Pudenz pump with a Raimondi catheter was used for all but 1 child for whom a Holter valve was used. The shunt functioned adequately in 7, but in 18 it had to be changed as a result of symptomatic pleural effusion. From 1979 to 1982, a further series of 52 other patients received ventriculopleural shunts, and these cases have recently been reviewed. The apparatus used was a Portnoy ventricular catheter or a medium or high pressure Heyer Schulte pump with an antisiphon device and a Salmon distal catheter. Three patients developed a shunt infection. One died with a functioning shunt. Four catheters became blocked by adhesions, and in only 1 patient was a peritoneal shunt substituted as a result of symptomatic effusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)753-755
Number of pages3
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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