Protrusion of a peritoneal catheter via abdominal wall and operated myelomeningocele area: a rare complication of ventriculoperitoneal shunt

Aras M., Altas M., Serarslan Y., Akcora B., Yilmaz A.

CHILDS NERVOUS SYSTEM, vol.29, no.7, pp.1199-1202, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00381-013-2084-x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1199-1202
  • Keywords: Abdominal wall, Abdominal wall perforation, Shunt, Shunt complication, VP shunt complications, VP shunt surgery, BOWEL PERFORATION, INTRATHORACIC MIGRATION, DIAGNOSIS, ANUS
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Ventriculoperitoneal shunting is mostly used in the treatment of hydrocephalus, and many complications have been reported with this method. These complications include obstruction, mechanical shunt failure, infection, and abdominal complications. Abdominal complications include intestinal obstruction, volvulus, peritonitis, peritoneal cyst, cerebrospinal fluid ascites, as well as migration of the distal catheter via the intestinal tract, umbilicus, scrotum, and vagina. Various mechanisms have been suggested with regards to the catheter migration.