Complete migration of peritoneal shunt tubing to the scalp

Robert C. Heim, Bruce A. Kaufman, T. S. Park

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

17 Scopus citations


The entire length of distal tubing from a ventriculoperitoneal shunt was found to have migrated into the subgaleal space, and resulted in a shunt obstruction. Upward migration of distal shunt catheters has rarely been reported, but probably involves patient motion that creates a "windlass" effect. Cephaled migration requires a potential space (subgaleal or ventricular) and no resistance to movement of the tubing. This complication can be prevented by securing the shunt near the site of motion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-400
Number of pages2
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 1994


  • Complication
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Tube migration
  • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt


Dive into the research topics of 'Complete migration of peritoneal shunt tubing to the scalp'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this