Laparoscopic surgery in a patient with ventriculoperitoneal shunt: monitoring of shunt function with transcranial Doppler

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We describe the use of transcranial Doppler (TCD) monitoring during laparoscopic resection of an ovarian cyst in a young woman who previously underwent ventriculoperitoneal shunting for hydrocephalus. Shunt function was not altered by pneumoperitoneum, except during transient episodes of high intra-abdominal pressure. The role of TCD monitoring during laparoscopic procedures in patients with cerebrospinal fluid shunt is discussed.

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