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In order to determine the potential patient pathway, a healthcare team will use one or more of a variety of possible diagnostic tests. They will also consider any other conditions present.
A doctor may use several tests when considering whether to use a shunt. These same studies can also help evaluate the shunt in case of malfunction or infection.
One of the following brain imaging methods may be performed1:
Your surgeon will decide which type of brain imaging will be appropriate with your situation.
An MRI or CT are non-invasive diagnostic
tools to help the surgeon make the
The lumbar puncture or spinal tap is an invasive diagnostic test that allows CSF to be removed for examination and the pressure of CSF within the spinal column to be measured.
A lumbar puncture or spinal tap is used
to remove and test CSF from the lumbar
area of the spine.
Greenberg Mark S. Handbook of Neurosurgery, 7th ed. Thieme Medical Publishers; 2010;716.
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