Cerebrospinal fluid shunt devices: An historical perspective

Reizo Shirane, Toshiaki Hayashi, Hiroji Miyake, Teiji Tominaga

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In the shunt treatment for hydrocephalus, less attention has been devoted to the finer details of management due to the relative technical simplicity of the procedure. However, it is well known that inappropriate per- and postoperative shunt management can lead to poor outcomes with regard to growth and development in pediatric cases, as well as postoperative complications In this paper, the authors present an historical overview of the development of shunt valves (the differential pressure valve, hydrostatic valve, adjustable pressure valve and other newly developed valves), consideration for the valve and site selection, surgical procedures, and possible complications associated with shunt treatment with a review of the literature and discuss future strategies for the treatment of hydrocephalus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-517
Number of pages8
JournalJapanese Journal of Neurosurgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jul


  • Children
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Shunt
  • Valve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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