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VP Shunt

I had ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement 10 days ago for hydrocephalus in the 3rd ventricle.  I was also diagnosed with a dandy walker cyst both of these conditions were diagnosed a few weeks ago at age 59.  I am now having some waves of nausea and headaches when I awaken that disappear shortly after I get out of bed.  Today I also noticed that I feel a twitching in my left eye that coincides with my pulse.
Could these things be caused by the shunt pressure being set too  high or low; should I contact the neurosurgeon?
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I would contact the neurosurgeon.
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1093617 tn?1279302002
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Hello, Thank you for your question. If you have continuous symptoms like that, possible causes may be shunt is either under-draining or over-draining. Your doctor can assess this with a lumbar puncture and measures the fluid pressure. He/She may make some adjustment of the shunt to allow it to drain more and can monitor if the symptoms improves. Another possibility could be shunt is over-draining, that may lead to low CSF pressure that can also lead to headache. This may improve when the person lies down and gets worse when the person sits or stands. Other possibility could be any circulatory disorder related to heart condition or blood vessel disorder. As you are suffering from continuous symptoms, please arrange an appointment with a neurologist right away who will evaluate the further underlying disorders here that may be the main reasons of her headaches and can suggest her appropriate treatment. Hope this information proves helpful to you.

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