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VP shunt infection
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My mother 60 plus has undergone a brain surgery and they have fitted a vp shunt inside of her brain. Once it was done she was sent home after spending 2 or 3 days at the hospital. A week or so passed and the symptoms like nausia, infact she even vomited and there was drowsiness. Taken back to the hospital, the neurosurgeon said she has a shunt infection in the stomach where the CSF is suppose to drain out. So another surgery was performed and this time the chest was used for the drainage and shunt was placed there. Again she seemed to look fine and after spending 2 or 3 days at the hospital she was sent back home. The second surgery lasted for only a day as she started showing symptoms like drowsiness and sensitivty to light accompanied by a seizure.
Now back at the hospital again, the shunt was removed and left out for the drainage into a bag. She had high fever and the amount of wbc's were 35000, in ICU they all were trying to reduce her fever and amount of wbc's probably upto 14000 which they said were normal. Neurosurgeon said the shunt had caused infection again. Now after 4 days of fighting with her high fever and wbc's, she has regained contiousness which is a happy sign for all of us, her stiches being removed and now tomorrow shes about to undergo another surgery for the shunt to be placed back in her abdominal cavity.
Now my question is that what are the chances of the infection coming back?. The first time she was fitted with a shunt she showed no signs of neurological deficit for a week. why does the infection keeps coming back? Any ideas?. The doc said the shunt in the brain is draining the water properly but her body is not accepting the procedure which leads to infection in the abdominal cavity.
History: She has had a complaint of meningitis and the water was removed from her spinal cord, using a thick and long needle long time back when she was 18.

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