Lumboperitoneal Shunt

  • Lumboperitoneal shunts are channels which facilitate drainage of CSF from the lumbar subarachnoid space to the peritoneal cavity
  • It can be used in conditions such as Pseudotumor cerebri and hydrocephalus for decreasing the intracranial pressure
  • The advantage of of lumboperitoneal shunt over ventriculoperitoneal shunt is that there is less incidence of intracranial complications
  • Some of the disadvantages are risk for scoliosis, sciatica and back pain
  • There is also the risk of the tube getting blocked and resultant increase in CSF pressure with worsening of clinical status

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