Shunt complications in children
- The signs of shunt malfunction are similar to the signs of hydrocephalus:
- the signs of shunt blockage and disconnection are the same as in hydrocephalus
- if an infection is present the patient will also have signs of systemic inflammatory response
- Symptoms related to overdrainage (headache, tiredness, vomiting) are usually worsened by an upright position and therefore become prominent towards the evening. Adult hydrocephalus and shunt complications included.