Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts represent a surgical option for patients affected by increased intracranial hypertension when medical management fails or is contraindicated. Complications following implantation include shunt obstruction, infection, over and under drainage, migration or disconnection of the tube, formation of a pseudocyst, and allergy to the silicone tube. We report the case of a 31-year-old woman who presented to the emergency room with nausea and generalized malaise, found to have the distal segment of the VP catheter perforating her gastric wall into the stomach lumen which required surgical intervention. In this report, we describe a rare complication associated with the implantation of ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS) catheters and the subsequent management plan.
Scarascia, Alessio; Atallah, Elias; De Abreu Pineda, Maria; Rosenwasswer, Robert H.; and Judy, Kevin, "Gastric Perforation From a Migrating Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt: A Case Report and Review of Literature" (2022). Department of Neurosurgery Faculty Papers. Paper 195.
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