We recently asked on our Facebook Page: How many components do you think a shunt system has? We were so pleased to see 87% responded with the correct answer.
Yes, shunts typically consist of three major components. 1) An inflow (proximal or closer to the inflow site) catheter, which drains cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from
the ventricles or the subarachnoid space; 2) A valve mechanism, which regulates differential pressure or controls flow through the shunt tubing; 3) An outflow catheter, which runs under the skin and directs CSF from the valve to the abdominal cavity, heart or other suitable drainage site.
To better understand shunt system components, valve mechanisms, most common shunt systems, overdrainage control devices, Siphon-resistive devices (SRD) and the different symptoms of malfunction and/or infection we are pleased to launch a “Shunt Systems Page” on our website.
We encourage everyone to read and share the page with family, friends and your health care providers.
Knowledge is power!