What activity restrictions are needed following shunting for hydrocephalus?

Updated: Jun 04, 2018
  • Author: Stephen L Nelson, Jr, MD, PhD, FAACPDM, FAAN, FAAP; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Most surgeons agree that, with the use of antisiphon devices, no special positioning is required after shunting. However, some surgeons used to leave patients in whom a standard shunt had been placed in a recumbent position for 1-2 days after surgery to minimize the risk of subdural hematoma.

In treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), gradual postoperative mobilization is recommended.


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