CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Indian Journal of Neurosurgery 2018; 07(01): 046-050
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1601355
Case Report
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Disconnection of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt after Mild Injury over the Catheter's Pathway: Two Cases

Claudia Marcela Restrepo Lugo
1   Department of Neurosurgery, Central Military Hospital, Bogotá, Colombia
Miguel Ángel Maldonado Morán
1   Department of Neurosurgery, Central Military Hospital, Bogotá, Colombia
Andreina Martinez Amado
1   Department of Neurosurgery, Central Military Hospital, Bogotá, Colombia
Luis Rojas
1   Department of Neurosurgery, Central Military Hospital, Bogotá, Colombia
Erik Muñoz
1   Department of Neurosurgery, Central Military Hospital, Bogotá, Colombia
Juan Carlos Luque
1   Department of Neurosurgery, Central Military Hospital, Bogotá, Colombia
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Publication History

Received: 26 October 2016

accepted after revision: 23 December 2016

Publication Date:
12 April 2017 (online)


Hydrocephalus is present in 1 of every 1,000 newborns treated with ventriculoperitoneal shunts (VPSs) in the majority of cases. This procedure carries a high risk of complications. One of them is the mechanical disconnection of the system that leads to dysfunction of the shunt and implies neurologic changes that the neurosurgeon has to address as soon as possible. We present two cases of congenital hydrocephalus previously treated with ventriculoperitoneal shunts. The first patient was hit on the right side of his neck. The day after the event, the patient was hypoactive and unable to communicate properly with the examiner and his parents. The radiological cervical X-ray showed disconnection of the catheter at the cervical level. The second case was of a 37-year-old man with hydrocephalus managed with VPS for the first time at the age of 14 years, who was brought to emergency due to rapid onset of symptoms apparently associated with trauma related to a blow with a soccer ball; the patient's X-ray showed fracture of the catheter's path at the thoracic level. For both cases, surgical repair was needed. Results were good, and the patients showed rapid neurologic improvement.

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