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 Medtronic shunt, which is usually implanted in less than an hour, can provide lasting relief to people with hydrocephalus.
A shunt usually consists of two catheters and a one-way valve. Shunts allow excess cerebrospinal fluid to drain to another area of the body.
There's no cure for hydrocephalus, but there is a treatment: implanting a shunt to drain excess fluid from the brain.
Shunts may let people with hydrocephalus enjoy full and active lives. Like any surgery, however, the procedure carries certain risks.
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