Fibrothorax associated with a ventriculopleural shunt in a hydrocephalic child

Alon Yellin, Gideon Findler, Zohar Barzllay, David A. Simansky, Yair Lieberman

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Ventriculopleural (VPL) shunts are considered a safe alternative to peritoneal shunts in the management of hydrocephalus. Occasionally, however, they are associated with persistent pleural effusion. We report a child, aged 3 1 2 years, who developed severe fibrothorax following the use of a VPL shunt. The shunt was removed and decortication had to be performed to alleviate his respiratory symptoms. This serious complication, never reported previously, should be borne in mind when the pleural cavity is chosen for deviation of the cerebrospinal fluid in hydrocephalic children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1525-1526
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydrocephalus
  • fibrothorax
  • ventriculopleural shunt


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