Brain Shunt Complications – What You Need To Know To Protect Yourself

Unfortunately, nothing is perfect in the medical field including medical providers, medications, medical devices and medical treatments.  While medical providers and manufacturers of medical devices strive to provide the best services and products to patients, there will be complications and negligence in the medical field.

Brain-Shunt-ComplicationsBrain shunts are commonly used to treat hydrocephalus.  When the brain shunt fails or develops complications, it can be terrifying for the patient and his or her family.  Our medical malpractice attorneys have extensive experience helping clients determine if the brain shunt complications were due to a preventable and unavoidable malfunction or failure of the brain shunt.

Common Signs that a Brain Shunt is Malfunctioning

There are many reasons why a brain shunt will malfunction or fail causing serious brain shunt complications.  The symptoms of a brain stunt malfunction are similar regardless of the reason why the brain shunt failed.  Those symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Increase in head circumference
  • Fever
  • Chronic headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Convulsions and/or seizures
  • Vision problems
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Irritability
  • Changes in personality
  • Fatigue
  • Problems in gait or balance
  • Decrease in school performance

If you notice any of the symptoms of a malfunctioning or failed brain shunt, you should seek medical attention immediately to avoid brain shunt complications.  Complications with the brain shunt include obstructions, mechanical failure, infections and the need to replace or lengthen the shunt. Doctors may need to remove a blockage or remove the brain shunt to insert a new shunt in its place.

If left untreated, complications can occur from underdraining and overdraining caused by a malfunctioning or failed brain shunt. A shunt that causes overdraining can lead to complications including collapsed ventricles, torn blood vessels, subdural hematomas and severe headaches.  Underdraining can also lead to complications including the symptoms of hydrocephalus reoccurring.

Brain Shunts and Medical Malpractice

Unfortunately, a patient may suffer from medical malpractice associated with brain shunts in many ways.  From a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose to the actual surgery to insert the brain shunt, a patient may suffer serious complications if a doctor is negligent.  Furthermore, the brain shunt itself could malfunction due to a defect causing the patient to suffer serious complications.

Regardless of the reason while a patient suffers brain shunt complications, if there was negligence on the part of one of these parties, the patient may be entitled to receive compensation or his or her injuries including lost wages, pain & suffering and medical costs.  To increase your chances of recovering a full and just settlement for your injuries, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney who has experience in brain shunt cases.

Our medical malpractice attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to represent you in a brain shunt medical malpractice case.  Contact our office to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights to receive compensation for your damages.  We will be happy to answer all of your questions and explain your legal options.

If you or a loved one have been injured by medical malpractice, you will need a lawyer with experience. Call Moseley Collins at (916) 444-4444 for a free consultation.

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