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Intestinal Obstruction – An Immediate Post-Operative Complication following Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt : A Rare Case

Author(s): Tanmaya Tyagaraj, Anju T, M M Patil, B T Badal, Vikram Sindagikar

Here, we report a rare occurrence of intestinal obstruction immediately following insertion of a VP shunt. Obstructive hydrocephalus is often treated by ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Common complications following the procedure are: infection, obstruction of the shunt itself, failure of a valve and over or underdrainage of a ventricle. However, intra-abdominal complications are rare, and intestinal obstruction as a result of the shunt is very rare. Early diagnosis and management in such cases provides good quality of life.

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