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Although the hydrocephalus is being controlled by the VP shunt,the condition is still present. The patient has a chronic condition,which will require some form of clinical evaluation

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  • What is VP shunt dysfunction in hydrocephalus?

  • All patients with suspected VP shunt dysfunction should be discussed with neurosurgery. Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts are inserted for treatment of hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is not a single disease entity. It is either due to subnormal CSF re-absorption, obstruction along the flow pathways or very rarely increased production. It may be:

  • What is ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS) placement?

  • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS) placement is one of the most commonly performed neurosurgical procedures and is necessary to treat most forms of hydrocephalus. Unfortunately, complications related to VPS placement are common, and multiple shunt revisions are almost expected throughout a patient’s lifetime.

  • Can hydrocephalus be cured with a shunt?

  • Although the hydrocephalus is being controlled by the VP. shunt, the condition is still present. The patient has a chronic condition, which will require some form of clinical evaluation. and/or monitoring. The shunt is draining the fluid, thereby eliminating a buildup of fluid in. the patient.

  • Can a Pt S/P shunt for hydrocephalus be coded as obstructive?

  • An analogy would be a pt S/P Ablation of SA node for Atrial Fibrillation that continues to experience episode of A-Fib after the procedure…the A- Fib is not cured. Reference: In this Scenario offered by AHA, a pt S/P shunt for hydrocephalus is coded with the Dx of hydrocephalus, Obstructive