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Question by  julia (24)

What are the long term complications of a ventricular jugular shunt?

My premature baby has had to have a shunt put in and I want to know how it will effect him for the rest of his life.


Answer by  MedStudent01 (1131)

This may be a sign your baby has a lot of congenital heart problems. He will likely need heart surgery in the future, which will determine his prognosis.


Answer by  wyeth (435)

These are placed to relieve pressure in the brain usually in hydrocephalus.The shunt will help prevent brain damage from abnormal fluid build-up in the ventricles which otherwise would cause increased swelling of the babies head and severe brain damage.The shunt can become blocked or infected but with proper care will save babies life and brain function.


Answer by  Kath (1537)

The primary complication short term and long term is infection in the jugular vein. With proper care this can be minimized. The main long term risk is a hematoma, and there is an outside risj of stroke. The baby will probably need additional surgery.


Answer by  mammakat (11147)

This is placed usually in cases of hydrocephalus. The primary risk is infection, which should not be a concern with proper care. In longterm, risks are of subdural hematoma, and at an outside risk, stroke.


Answer by  Lakshmi65 (715)

the long term complication of a ventricular jugular shunt causes infection in the jugular vein. when the pain is more take proper measurer's and consult doctor in time.

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