Cecal perforation: A rare complication of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt

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Abstract

Hydrocephalus can be the result of an infection, obstruction, impaired reabsorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), or an abnormal increase in CSF. Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunting is the gold standard treatment for hydrocephalus despite its high rate of complications, including catheter obstruction and infection. Spontaneous cecal perforation by a VP shunt is extremely rare. Headache or subtle change in personality may indicate a VP shunt infection. Early recognition of the infection is critical for optimal patient outcomes.

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