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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society > Volume 32(6); 2002 > Article
Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 2002;32(6): 595-598.
A Case of Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow through Subcutaneous Fibrous Tract after Removal of Distal Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Catheter: Case Report.
Ji Heon Kim, Soo Han Yoon, Ki Hong Cho, Kyung Gi Cho
Department of Neurosurgery, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea. ee802000@yahoo.co.kr
We report a case of the functioning long subcutaneous fibrous tract that drained cerebrospinal fluid into peritoneal cavity. A 13 year-old boy whose distal catheter had been removed 10 years before was admitted with intermittent headache and deteriorated mentality. On physical examination, a hard and firm long subcutaneous catheter-like structure was palpable along the tract of the old distal catheter in the neck, anterior chest and abdomen. We could see hydrocephalus on the computed tomography(CT) scan and passage of radioisotope through the long left subcutaneous fibrous tract into abdomen on the shunt function test. After ventriculoperitoneal shunt in the right side, he improved clinically and brain CT scan showed decreased size of ventricles.
Key Words: Subcutaneous fibrous tract; Ventriculoperitoneal shunt
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