What is a strata shunt?

What is a strata shunt?

Strata® adjustable pressure valves are part of a shunt system used to treat the symptoms of hydrocephalus. A shunt redirects excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain to another part of the body, allowing the brain’s enlarged ventricles to return to a more normal size.

How often does a shunt need to be replaced?

VP shunts are likely to require replacement after several years, especially in small children. The average lifespan of an infant’s shunt is two years. Adults and children over the age of 2 may not need a shunt replacement for eight or more years. Shunt systems require frequent monitoring and follow-up.

What are the side effects of a shunt?

Shunt infection

  • redness and tenderness along the line of the shunt.
  • a high temperature.
  • headache.
  • vomiting.
  • neck stiffness.
  • tummy pain if the shunt drains into your tummy.
  • irritability or sleepiness in babies.

How is a shunt adjusted?

Medtronic Neurosurgery makes devices called shunts to treat this condition, which use an implanted, adjustable valve to drain the excess CSF. Their Strata® valves contain a small magnetic rotor that can be rotated by an external magnet to adjust the appropriate CSF pressure for a patient.

How long can you live with a shunt?

The shunt event-free survival is approximately 70% at 12 months and is nearly half that at 10 years, post-operatively. Shunts that are placed to channel CSF to other parts of the body may fail due to malfunction or infection. Infections occur in less than 10% of all surgeries.

How long can a person live with a shunt in their head?

How often should a shunt be replaced?

What is a strata valve in a shunt?

Overview. Strata ® adjustable pressure valves are part of a shunt system used to treat the symptoms of hydrocephalus. A shunt redirects excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain to another part of the body, allowing the brain’s enlarged ventricles to return to a more normal size.

What is the strata ® NSC LP shunt?

The Strata ® NSC LP Shunt is a combination of the Strata NSC LP Valve and attached lumbar and peritoneal catheters. The system works by diverting excess cerebrospinal fluid from the lumbar subarachnoid space into the peritoneal cavity.

How are CSF shunt valves reprogrammed?

Programmable CSF shunt valves, through which CSF flow and pressure can be adjusted by quick and painless transcutaneous reprogramming, have been implanted for more than 15 years in the developed world. Reprogramming these valves relies on rotational magnetic forces, which are applied by neurosurgeons and neurosurgical advanced practice providers.

Are the performance characteristics of the Medtronic shunt components verified?

The performance characteristics are verified for all Medtronic shunt components, which are designed to be interchangeably connected with each other. The use of components or devices of other manufactures in conjunction with this device has not been verified.