Peripheral facial palsy following ventriculoperitoneal shunt. The lesson we have learned

Domenico Iacopino, Rita Lipani, Angelo Spitaleri, Luca Ruggeri, Salvatore Cicero, Cesare Gambadoro, Luca Ruggeri, Giovanni Cinquemani, Roberto Battaglia, Francesco Nobile, Nicola Alberio, Raffaele Alessandrello, Natale Francaviglia, Raffaele Alessandrello

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The most frequent complications after shunt surgery are infective and obstructive. Other types are less common, and eventually occur due to technical errors during brain ventricular puncture, opening the intraperitoneal cavity or the tunnelling of the catheter between the two points. Although rare, there are well-reported complications related to the poor positioning of the distal catheter, with perforation of organs and tissues. We report a very rare case of a male patient with normal pressure hydrocephalus submitted to ventriculoperitoneal shunt. During tunnelling of the shunt stylet, a peripheral facial palsy due to injury to the extra cranial segment of the facial nerve occurred. To the best of our knowledge this is the second case described in Literature. The patient and the surgeon should be aware of this very rare but possible complication in shunt surgery being careful to the course of the facial nerve in the mastoid region.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)20-22
Numero di pagine3
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

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