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shunt pain

I have a vp shunt from having spina bifida and i recently developed sporadic quick pains in the shunt area however no headaches neck pain or nausea. Any idea what this may be?
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Hello dear and welcome to the medhelp forum. You need to consult a neurosurgeon immediately to evaluate the shunt. There may be an obstruction of the catheter due to the brain tissue growing into the lumen through the draining holes.  This may present as headache, nausea and vomiting, the ends may be infected if you have fever, local redness, tenderness and increased blood cell counts. Sometimes the shunt tube may be destroyed due to material degradation. The doctor needs to exercise caution in removing malfunctioning shunts without a prior alternate arrangement for surgical cerebrospinal fluid drainage. Wishing you all the best and take care.
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