A bizarre reentry phenomenon of distal shunt tip causing shunt malfunction

Suhas Udayakumaran, Liana Beni Adani

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Introduction We report a bizarre presentation of a distal shunt malfunction in a 5-year-old child with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Discussion The plain radiographs done as a workup for possible shunt malfunction demonstrated the distal shunt tip reentering the abdominal wall from inside the peritoneal cavity. We discuss the possible explanation for the phenomenon. Conclusion We conclude that the case is just another reminder of the fact that shunt malfunctions can have multiple presentations; hence, a regular follow-up with appropriate imaging and high index of suspicion is mandatory in preventing morbidities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)963-965
Number of pages3
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Distal shunt malfunction
  • Silicone catheter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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