Ventriculoperitoneal shunt - discharge

Shunt - ventriculoperitoneal - discharge; VP shunt - discharge; Shunt revision - discharge; Hydrocephalus shunt placement - discharge

Your child has hydrocephalus and needed a shunt placed to drain excess fluid and relieve pressure in the brain. This buildup of brain and spinal cord fluid (cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF) and pressure causes the brain tissue to press (become compressed) against the skull. Too much pressure or pressure that is present too long can damage the brain tissue.

After your child goes home, follow the health care provider's instructions on how to care for child. Use the information below as a reminder.

When Your Child Was in the Hospital

What to Expect at Home

Self-care

When to Call the Doctor