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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-16

Management of an extruded ventriculoperitoneal catheter coming through the umbilicus

Department of Neurosurgery, Spine Fixed in Abuja, SFIA Spine Care Ltd, 15A Yawuri Street, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

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Biodun Ogungbo
Spine Fixed in Abuja, Garki 2, Abuja
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DOI: 10.4103/1118-4647.177534

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Ventriculoperitoneal shunts are useful devices for treatment of hydrocephalus. Although effective, historically, the probability of shunt dysfunction is pretty high throughout the life. Migration of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt catheter is a rare but well-recognised complication in hydrocephalus treatment. Perforation into different organs or through natural or artificial orifices has been described. A 5-month-old baby presented to hospital with extrusion of her abdominal catheter through the umbilicus. This occurred spontaneously 2 months following placement of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for hydrocephalus. This is the first report of this unusual complication in Abuja, Nigeria.

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