Shunts typically consist of two catheters and a valve that redirect excess fluid from the brain’s ventricle to another part of the body. A shunt, which is usually implanted in less than an hour, may provide lasting relief to people with hydrocephalus.
About 1 in every 1000 babies is born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which too much cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the brain’s ventricles. Symptoms can include vomiting, lethargy, headache, enlarged head, or even seizures. There is no cure, but implanting a shunt can often provide long-term relief.
For Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Normal pressure hydrocephalus is characterized by too much cerebrospinal fluid in the brain's ventricles. It typically affects adults in their 60s and 70s, who may forget a friend's name or no longer enjoy a walk around the block. Implanting one of our shunts may help relieve symptoms.