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Fifteen-minute consultation: assessment of a child with suspected shunt problems
  1. Harpreet Singh Mangat1,
  2. Chirag Patel2,
  3. Desiderio Rodrigues1
  1. 1 Department of Neurosurgery, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
  2. 2 Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Wales, UK
  1. Correspondence to Desiderio Rodrigues, Department of Neurosurgery, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands B4 6NH, UK; desiderio.rodrigues{at}


Cerebrospinal fluid diversion procedures have saved more lives than any other neurosurgical procedure. However, they do have a unique set of complications which a paediatrician in a district general hospital may encounter. Timely recognition and appropriate referral to the neurosurgeon is vital in order to avoid serious consequences and to have a favourable outcome.

  • Shunt
  • Shunt malfunction
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Neurosurgery

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.