What information about hydrocephalus should patients receive?

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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Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of shunt malfunction or infection and the necessity for emergent medical evaluation in these instances is mandatory in patients, family members, and caregivers.

The patient, family, and caregivers should know that periodic re-evaluation is necessary.

Pumping the shunt is contraindicated in most cases.

Patients with vascular shunts, and some patients with other types of shunts, should receive prophylactic antibiotics before dental procedures or instrumentation of the bladder.


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