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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 111-113

Urethral protrusion of the abdominal catheter of ventriculoperitoneal shunt: Case report of extremely rare complication

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, Rize, Turkey
3 Department of Urology, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, Rize, Turkey
4 Department of Pediatric Surgery, Yildizli Guven Hospital, Trabzon, Turkey
5 Department of Anestesiology, Sar Hospital, Rize, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Ayhan Kanat
Department of Neurosurgery, University Medical Faculty, Rize
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.102571

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Hydrocephalus in its various forms constitutes one of the major problems in pediatric neurosurgical practice. The placement of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt is the most common form of treatment for hydrocephalus, so that all neurosurgeons struggle with shunt malfunctions and their complications. Well-known complications are connected with the use of the valve systems (malfunction, infectious, overdrainage, secondary craniosynostosis, etc.). We report an unusual case of protruding abdominal catheter from the urethra. This girl had received a VP shunt for hydrocephalus following surgery of posterior fossa medulloblastoma 4 years ago. After admission, the entire system was removed, antibiotic treatment was administered for 2 weeks, and a new VP shunt was placed. The postoperative course was uneventful. This complication is extremely rare.


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