Laparoscopic management of ventriculoperitoneal and lumboperitoneal shunt complications.

Stephen M. Kavic, Ross D. Segan, Michelle D. Taylor, J. Scott Roth

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Minimally invasive approaches for the initial placement of ventriculoperitoneal (VP) and lumboperitoneal (LP) shunts have been well described. A laparoscopic approach has multiple advantages over open techniques, including decreased morbidity, more rapid recovery, and ability to visually assess catheter function. However, few series have addressed the role of laparoscopy in the management of VP and LP shunt complications. METHODS: We present here the largest published series of laparoscopic treatment of VP and LP shunt complications in adults, by retrospectively reviewing all cases performed in a 1-year interval by a single surgeon. RESULTS: Ten patients presented with complications of previous shunting; all were managed laparoscopically. Eighty percent of these patients had a successful single laparoscopic intervention. One patient developed a cerebrospinal fluid leak from the lumbar wound, and 2 patients required additional laparoscopic shunt revisions. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that laparoscopy has great utility in the assessment of shunt function. Laparoscopic techniques should be considered not only for placement of peritoneal catheters, but also for the management of distal shunt malfunction and diagnosis of abdominal pain in these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalJSLS : Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons / Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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