Which types of shunts may be used in the treatment of syringomyelia?

Updated: Nov 10, 2017
  • Author: Hassan Ahmad Hassan Al-Shatoury, MD, PhD, MHPE; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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The following types of shunts may be indicated:

  • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt - Indicated if ventriculomegaly and increased intracranial pressure are present

  • Lumboperitoneal shunt - Placed infrequently because of increased risk of herniation through the foramen magnum

  • Syringosubarachnoid dorsal root entry zone shunt

  • Syringoperitoneal shunt


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