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Monday, September 2, 2013

Hydrocephalus Awareness Month Day 2

50% of all shunts will fail. Kadyn's has failed many times. 

Kadyn has had his shunt placed all around his brain. Trying to find that one spot that will work for him. Eventually it was decided that Kadyn would need 2 shunts. Kadyn's last revision was April 1st 2010. He has had other surgeries to flush the shunt and to make sure it is working when it was uncertain but his shunts have not been replaced in 3 years! Which is amazing. 

Kadyn's shunt can fail at any time. With Kadyn there never is a clear sign of shunt malfunction, but here is a list of what to look for. 
  • Lethargy
  • Projectile Vomiting
  • Sun setting eyes
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Swelling or redness along shunt tract
  • Periods of confusion
  • Seizures