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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 149-151

Transoral extrusion of the ventriculo-peritoneal shunt: A case report and review of literature

1 Department of Neurosurgery, NSCB Medical College, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Yad R Yadav
105 Nehru Nagar, Opposite Medical College, Jabalpur - 482 003, Madhya Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.92847

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There are several case reports of complications of ventriculo-peritoneal shunt. Extrusion of the peritoneal end of the shunt through mouth is extremely rare. There are few case reports. We are reporting one such case. A 1-year male child was admitted with the peritoneal end of ventriculo-peritoneal shunt coming out through mouth since 6 hours after an episode of vomiting. He was conscious and had no neurological deficits. The anterior fontanelle was depressed. There was no infection. The peritoneal end of the shunt was removed through the mouth. Shunt revision was performed. The patient was discharged 10 days after the revision without any complications. At 1-year follow-up the patient is doing well. Possible mechanisms of bowel perforation are discussed. Pulling the peritoneal end through mouth is probably the best way of management as small spontaneous gut perforation seals off spontaneously. It also decreases the possibility of infection, other morbidities, and hospital stay.


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