Sample records for acute shunt malfunction

  1. Factors influencing shunt malfunction in patients with tuberculous meningitis

    Sudheer Ambekar


    Full Text Available Background: Hydrocephalus secondary to tuberculous meningitis (TBM is a challenging condition to treat. Though ventriculo-peritoneal (VP shunt is an accepted modality of treatment for hydrocephalus in TBM, there is a high rate of complications associated with the same. Objective: The study was planned to evaluate various factors associated with shunt malfunction in patients undergoing VP shunt surgery for hydrocephalus due to TBM. Materials and Methods: A retrospective review of all the patients undergoing VP shunt and shunt revision for TBM between 2004 and 2008 was performed. 449 VP shunt surgeries were performed in 432 patients for hydrocephalus due to TBM. Among these 70 shunt revisions were performed in 53 patients. Results: Shunt malfunction rate in our series was 16.2%. High cerebrospinal fluid (CSF protein concentration (>200 mg/dL was associated with 5 times increased incidence of shunt malfunction. Patients with hyponatremia (Na + <130 mEq/dL prior to surgery had a 3 times increased incidence of shunt malfunction (P < 0.05. Other factors such as duration of symptoms, presence of neurological deficits, Evan′s index, third ventricular diameter, thickness of exudates, presence of infarcts, anemia, CSF cellularity and CSF glucose concentration were not associated with increased incidence of shunt malfunction. Analysis showed that shunt viability was longest in patients with normal serum sodium levels and CSF protein concentration less than 200 mg/dL and shortest in patients with low serum sodium and CSF protein concentration more than 200 mg/dL. Conclusions: Patients with pre-operative hyponatremia and high CSF protein concentration have a higher incidence of shunt malfunction and need to be followed-up closely.

  2. Episodic ventriculomegaly due to hypernatremia mimicking shunt malfunction: case report.

    Jernigan, Sarah C; Stone, Scellig S D; Aronson, Joshua P; Putman, Melissa; Proctor, Mark R


    Patients with shunted hydrocephalus presenting with altered mental status and ventriculomegaly are generally considered to be in shunt failure requiring surgical treatment. The authors describe a case of shunted hydrocephalus secondary to a disseminated neuroectodermal tumor in a pediatric patient in whom rapid fluctuations in sodium levels due to diabetes insipidus repeatedly led to significant changes in ventricle size, with invasively confirmed normal shunt function and low intracranial pressure. This clinical picture exactly mimics shunt malfunction, requires urgent nonsurgical therapy, and underscores the importance of considering serum osmolar abnormalities in the differential diagnosis for ventriculomegaly.

  3. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt malfunction caused by proximal catheter fat obstruction.

    Mizrahi, Cezar José; Spektor, Sergey; Margolin, Emil; Shoshan, Yigal; Ben-David, Eliel; Cohen, José E; Moscovici, Samuel


    Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt placement is the mainstay of treatment for hydrocephalus, yet shunts remain vulnerable to a variety of complications. Although fat droplet migration into the subarachnoid space and cerebrospinal fluid pathways following craniotomy has been observed, a VP shunt obstruction with fat droplets has never been reported to our knowledge. We present the first reported case of VP shunt catheter obstruction by migratory fat droplets in a 55-year-old woman who underwent suboccipital craniotomy for removal of a metastatic tumor of the left medullocerebellar region, without fat harvesting. A VP shunt was inserted 1month later due to communicating hydrocephalus. The patient presented with gait disturbance, intermittent confusion, and pseudomeningocele 21days after shunt insertion. MRI revealed retrograde fat deposition in the ventricular system and VP shunt catheter, apparently following migration of fat droplets from the fatty soft tissue of the craniotomy site. Spinal tap revealed signs of aseptic meningitis. Steroid treatment for aseptic "lipoid" meningitis provided symptom relief. MRI 2months later revealed partial fat resorption and resolution of the pseudomeningocele. VP shunt malfunction caused by fat obstruction of the ventricular catheter should be acknowledged as a possible complication in VP shunts after craniotomy, even in the absence of fat harvesting. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. [A case of repeated shunt malfunctions with eosinophilic meningitis caused by silicone allergy].

    Kambara, Mizuki; Miyazaki, Takeshi; Yoshikane, Tsutomu; Sugimoto, Keiji; Akiyama, Yasuhiko


    The ventricular-peritoneal shunt for hydrocephalus is a well-known and established method but is sometimes complicated by shunt malfunction due to several causes. Eosinophilic meningitis is a rare disease, but has occasionally been reported as a cause of shunt malfunction. Here, we report the case of a 74-year-old woman with repeated shunt malfunction and eosinophilic meningitis due to a silicone allergy. Originally, the patient received a ventricular-peritoneal shunt for normal pressure hydrocephalus secondary to subarachnoid hemorrhage. However, shunt malfunction was identified 6 weeks later, and the first shunt revision was performed using a new shunt system from a different company. Further evaluation to identify the cause of the shunt malfunction revealed no abnormal findings, except for eosinophilia in the serum and cerebrospinal fluid. A second shunt malfunction was identified 16 weeks after the first shunt revision. We therefore concluded that eosinophilic meningitis caused by a silicone allergy might be the real culprit and a second shunt revision was performed using a silicone "extracted" tube. Since then, the patient's course has been free from shunt malfunction. In this case, the serum and cerebrospinal fluid eosinophilia were useful markers for identifying the cause of repeated shunt malfunctions. The silicone "extracted" tube may be helpful for diagnosis and therapy.

  5. Biofilm-associated infection: the hidden face of cerebrospinal fluid shunt malfunction.

    Mounier, Roman; Kapandji, Natacha; Birnbaum, Ron; Cook, Fabrice; Rodriguez, Cristophe; Nebbad, Bibba; Lobo, David; Dhonneur, Gilles


    Diagnosis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunt infection is difficult. Growing evidence links this pattern to biofilm-associated infections (BAI). Biofilm may explain the indolent development of the infection, and the poor efficiency of traditional microbiologic methods. We report the case of a patient admitted for hydrocephalus associated to CSF shunt malfunction. None of the clinical, serum, or CSF laboratory findings were in favor of an infectious process. Only scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed the presence of biofilm. Hence, despite a broad CSF shunt infection definition, some infections could remain undiagnosed by the traditional approach. This study is the first to provide some direct evidence for bacterial biofilm-associated CSF shunt infection.

  6. Risk factors for shunt malfunction in pediatric hydrocephalus: a multicenter prospective cohort study.

    Riva-Cambrin, Jay; Kestle, John R W; Holubkov, Richard; Butler, Jerry; Kulkarni, Abhaya V; Drake, James; Whitehead, William E; Wellons, John C; Shannon, Chevis N; Tamber, Mandeep S; Limbrick, David D; Rozzelle, Curtis; Browd, Samuel R; Simon, Tamara D


    OBJECT The rate of CSF shunt failure remains unacceptably high. The Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN) conducted a comprehensive prospective observational study of hydrocephalus management, the aim of which was to isolate specific risk factors for shunt failure. METHODS The study followed all first-time shunt insertions in children younger than 19 years at 6 HCRN centers. The HCRN Investigator Committee selected, a priori, 21 variables to be examined, including clinical, radiographic, and shunt design variables. Shunt failure was defined as shunt revision, subsequent endoscopic third ventriculostomy, or shunt infection. Important a priori-defined risk factors as well as those significant in univariate analyses were then tested for independence using multivariate Cox proportional hazard modeling. RESULTS A total of 1036 children underwent initial CSF shunt placement between April 2008 and December 2011. Of these, 344 patients experienced shunt failure, including 265 malfunctions and 79 infections. The mean and median length of follow-up for the entire cohort was 400 days and 264 days, respectively. The Cox model found that age younger than 6 months at first shunt placement (HR 1.6 [95% CI 1.1-2.1]), a cardiac comorbidity (HR 1.4 [95% CI 1.0-2.1]), and endoscopic placement (HR 1.9 [95% CI 1.2-2.9]) were independently associated with reduced shunt survival. The following had no independent associations with shunt survival: etiology, payer, center, valve design, valve programmability, the use of ultrasound or stereotactic guidance, and surgeon experience and volume. CONCLUSIONS This is the largest prospective study reported on children with CSF shunts for hydrocephalus. It confirms that a young age and the use of the endoscope are risk factors for first shunt failure and that valve type has no impact. A new risk factor-an existing cardiac comorbidity-was also associated with shunt failure.

  7. Cerebral regional oxygen saturation monitoring in pediatric malfunctioning shunt patients☆,☆☆,★

    Abramo, Thomas J.; Zhou, Chuan; Estrada, Cristina; Drayna, Patrick C.; Locklair, Matthew R.; Miller, Renee; Pearson, Matthew; Tulipan, Noel; Arnold, Donald H.


    Background Shunt malfunction produces increased intracranial pressure causing decreased cerebral regional perfusion and tissue O2sat. Cerebral regional oxygen saturation (rSO2) by near-infrared spectroscopy represents tissue perfusion and oxygen saturation. Cerebral rSO2 is used to detect cerebral ischemia in pediatric clinical settings. Objective The objective of the study was to determine the reliability of cerebral rSO2 in pediatric malfunctioning shunt. Methods A prospective observational study of pediatric patients presented to the pediatric emergency department was conducted. Confirmed malfunctioning shunt subjects had cerebral rSO2 monitoring. Results A total of 131 malfunctioning shunt subjects had cerebral rSO2 monitoring. Patient's central trend and intrasubject variability of cerebral rSO2 readings for left and right probe and malfunction sites (n = 131) are as follows: VariableOverall, mean SO2Distal, mean SO2Proximal, mean rSO2PLeft cerebral rSO2 trend69.1 (10.7)67.7 (9.81)70.0 (11.17).23Right cerebral rSO2 trend71.3 (9.6)70.5 (8.13)71.8 (10.40).42Left cerebral rSO2 variability3.57 (2.04)4.72 (2.55)2.88 (1.24)<.001Right cerebral rSO2 variability3.46 (1.95)3.77 (2.20)3.28 (1.77).19 Intrasubject left and right rSO2 Pearson correlation was −0.46 to 0.98 (mean ± SD, 0.35 ± 0.34; median, 0.34; interquartile range, 0.06–0.61). The correlation coefficients of 99 subjects between left and right rSO2 was significantly different (P < .001), suggesting that intrasubjects' left and right rSO2 are highly correlated. Sample mean difference between left and right rSO2 were −1.7% (95% confidence interval [CI], −1.8 to −1.6; P < .001) supporting overall left lower than right. Intraclass correlation for left rSO2 was 87.4% (95% CI, 87.2%−87.6%), and that for right rSO2 was 83.8% (95% CI, 83.8%−84%), showing intersubject differences accounting for the variation, and relative to intersubject variation, intrasubjects readings are consistent. Intrasubjects

  8. Visual disturbance following shunt malfunction in a patient with congenital hydrocephalus.

    Oyama, Hirofumi; Hattori, Kenichi; Kito, Akira; Maki, Hideki; Noda, Tomoyuki; Wada, Kentaro


    A 25-year-old woman presented with complaints of nausea and headache. She had been treated with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for hydrocephalus when she was 7 months old. Her bilateral optic discs showed moderate atrophy. Right visual acuity allowed only perception of hand movement and left visual acuity was 0.02 (1.2). Computed tomography (CT) showed mild ventricular dilation but no periventricular lucency. Intracranial pressure (ICP) was not high when the shunt valve was punctured. Her visual acuity deteriorated 5 days after the consultation. She was referred again 8 days after the first consultation. The bilateral optic discs were completely pale. Both pupils were dilated on admission, and the bilateral direct light reflexes were absent. The patient could slightly detect only green light stimulus. CT showed moderate enlargement of the ventricle. ICP was 47 cmH(2)O when the shunt valve was punctured. Shuntgraphy showed obstruction of the shunt at the distal end of peritoneal catheter. Emergent total shunt revision was performed. She could detect dark stimulus and the still-dilated left pupil had recovered direct light reflex on the next day. The visual acuity was 0.01 (0.7) on the left 6 months after the operation, although she was blind in the right eye and the bilateral optic discs were completely pale. Visual loss associated with shunt failure remains a major morbidity in shunted congenital hydrocephalus. Early diagnosis and shunt revision may allow visual recovery.

  9. Acute modified Blalock-Taussing shunt obstruction successfully treated with urokinase and heparin.

    Mizzi, J; Grech, V


    Acute modified Blalock-Tuassig shunt obstruction due to thrombosis may be life-threatening. We report non-invasive relief of shunt obstruction with thrombolysis and heparinisation, a potentially life-saving intervention that is applicable in all settings, including outside tertiary paediatric cardiology centres.

  10. Intracranial Perishunt Catheter Fluid Collections with Edema, a Sign of Shunt Malfunction: Correlation of CT/MRI and Nuclear Medicine Findings.

    Kale, H A; Muthukrishnan, A; Hegde, S V; Agarwal, V


    Fluid collections with edema along the intracranial tract of ventriculoperitoneal shunt catheters in adults are rare and are more frequently seen in children. The imaging appearance of these fluid collections is frequently confusing and presents a diagnostic dilemma. We present 6 cases of adult patients noted to have collections with edema along the tract of ventriculoperitoneal shunt catheters. To our knowledge, there are no previous studies correlating the CT/MR imaging findings with nuclear medicine scans in this entity. We hypothesized that when seen in adults, the imaging findings of a CSF-like fluid collection around the intracranial ventriculoperitoneal shunt catheter on CT/MR imaging may suggest areas of CSF accumulation with interstitial edema. It is important to recognize this rare ventriculoperitoneal shunt complication in adults to prevent misdiagnosis of an abscess or cystic tumor. © 2017 by American Journal of Neuroradiology.

  11. Emergency Portacaval Shunt Versus Rescue Portacaval Shunt in a Randomized Controlled Trial of Emergency Treatment of Acutely Bleeding Esophageal Varices in Cirrhosis—Part 3

    Isenberg, Jon I.; Wheeler, Henry O.; Haynes, Kevin S.; Jinich-Brook, Horacio; Rapier, Roderick; Vaida, Florin; Hye, Robert J.


    Background Emergency treatment of bleeding esophageal varices in cirrhosis is of singular importance because of the high mortality rate. Emergency portacaval shunt is rarely used today because of the belief, unsubstantiated by long-term randomized trials, that it causes frequent portal-systemic encephalopathy and liver failure. Consequently, portacaval shunt has been relegated solely to salvage therapy when endoscopic and pharmacologic therapies have failed. Question: Is the regimen of endoscopic sclerotherapy with rescue portacaval shunt for failure to control bleeding varices superior to emergency portacaval shunt? A unique opportunity to answer this question was provided by a randomized controlled trial of endoscopic sclerotherapy versus emergency portacaval shunt conducted from 1988 to 2005. Methods Unselected consecutive cirrhotic patients with acute bleeding esophageal varices were randomized to endoscopic sclerotherapy (n = 106) or emergency portacaval shunt (n = 105). Diagnostic workup was completed and treatment was initiated within 8 h. Failure of endoscopic sclerotherapy was defined by strict criteria and treated by rescue portacaval shunt (n = 50) whenever possible. Ninety-six percent of patients had more than 10 years of follow-up or until death. Results Comparison of emergency portacaval shunt and endoscopic sclerotherapy followed by rescue portacaval shunt showed the following differences in measurements of outcomes: (1) survival after 5 years (72% versus 22%), 10 years (46% versus 16%), and 15 years (46% versus 0%); (2) median post-shunt survival (6.18 versus 1.99 years); (3) mean requirements of packed red blood cell units (17.85 versus 27.80); (4) incidence of recurrent portal-systemic encephalopathy (15% versus 43%); (5) 5-year change in Child’s class showing improvement (59% versus 19%) or worsening (8% versus 44%); (6) mean quality of life points in which lower is better (13.89 versus 27.89); and (7) mean cost of care per

  12. Liver size, bodyweight, and tolerance to acute complete occlusion of congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunts in dogs.

    Doran, Ivan P; Barr, Frances J; Hotston Moore, Alasdair; Knowles, Toby G; Holt, Peter E


    To investigate the relationship between preoperative liver size, bodyweight, and tolerance to shunt occlusion in dogs with congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunt(s) (CPSS). Longitudinal cohort study. Dogs with CPSS (n=35). Ultrasonography was used to measure preoperative maximum transverse dimension of the liver (TS) of each dog. Intraoperative portal pressures were measured, before and after CPSS occlusion, via a jejunal vein catheter. Tolerance to shunt occlusion was judged on gross visceral observations, and on changes in portal pressure, central venous and mean arterial pressures. TS was significantly related to bodyweight (P7 were more likely to tolerate CPSS occlusion than dogs with a TS/bodyweight ratio of portal pressure rise after shunt occlusion, based on liver dimensions and bodyweight (R=0.668). Intestinal oxygenation did not correlate significantly with tolerance to CPSS occlusion (P=.29). In dogs with CPSS, liver size (relative to bodyweight) is significantly greater (P=.025) in dogs that are tolerant of full ligation than intolerant of occlusion. Preoperative measurement of bodyweight and liver size help indicate the likelihood of tolerance to acute complete occlusion of CPSS in dogs.

  13. Rapid resolution of an acute subdural hematoma by increasing the shunt valve pressure in a 63-year-old man with normal-pressure hydrocephalus with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt: a case report and literature review

    Hayes Jackson


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Symptomatic subdural hematoma development is a constant concern for patients who have undergone cerebrospinal fluid shunting procedures to relieve symptoms related to normal-pressure hydrocephalus. Acute subdural hematomas are of particular concern in these patients as even minor head trauma may result in subdural hematoma formation. The presence of a ventricular shunt facilitates further expansion of the subdural hematoma and often necessitates surgical treatment, including subdural hematoma evacuation and shunt ligation. Case presentation We present the case of a 63-year-old North American Caucasian man with normal-pressure hydrocephalus with an adjustable valve ventriculoperitoneal shunt who developed an acute subdural hematoma after sustaining head trauma. Conservative treatment was favored over operative evacuation because our patient was neurologically intact, but simple observation was considered to be too high risk in the setting of a low-pressure ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Thus, the valve setting on the ventriculoperitoneal shunt was increased to its maximum pressure setting in order to reduce flow through the shunt and to mildly increase intracranial pressure in an attempt to tamponade any active bleeding and limit hematoma expansion. A repeat computed tomography scan of the head six days after the valve adjustment revealed complete resolution of the acute subdural hematoma. At this time, the valve pressure was reduced to its original setting to treat symptoms of normal-pressure hydrocephalus. Conclusions Programmable shunt valves afford the option for non-operative management of acute subdural hematoma in patients with ventricular shunts for normal-pressure hydrocephalus. As illustrated in this case report, increasing the shunt valve pressure may result in rapid resolution of the acute subdural hematoma in some patients.

  14. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt for the management of acute variceal hemorrhage.

    Loffroy, Romaric; Estivalet, Louis; Cherblanc, Violaine; Favelier, Sylvain; Pottecher, Pierre; Hamza, Samia; Minello, Anne; Hillon, Patrick; Thouant, Pierre; Lefevre, Pierre-Henri; Krausé, Denis; Cercueil, Jean-Pierre


    Acute variceal hemorrhage, a life-threatening condition that requires a multidisciplinary approach for effective therapy, is defined as visible bleeding from an esophageal or gastric varix at the time of endoscopy, the presence of large esophageal varices with recent stigmata of bleeding, or fresh blood visible in the stomach with no other source of bleeding identified. Transfusion of blood products, pharmacological treatments and early endoscopic therapy are often effective; however, if primary hemostasis cannot be obtained or if uncontrollable early rebleeding occurs, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is recommended as rescue treatment. The TIPS represents a major advance in the treatment of complications of portal hypertension. Acute variceal hemorrhage that is poorly controlled with endoscopic therapy is generally well controlled with TIPS, which has a 90% to 100% success rate. However, TIPS is associated with a mortality of 30% to 50% in such a setting. Emergency TIPS should be considered early in patients with refractory variceal bleeding once medical treatment and endoscopic sclerotherapy failure, before the clinical condition worsens. Furthermore, admission to specialized centers is mandatory in such a setting and regional protocols are essential to be organized effectively. This review article discusses initial management and then focuses on the specific role of TIPS as a primary therapy to control acute variceal hemorrhage, particularly as a rescue therapy following failure of endoscopic approaches.

  15. [Altitude, the ratio of PaO2 to fraction of inspired oxygen, and shunt: impact on the assessment of acute lung injury].

    Pérez-Padilla, J R


    The ratio of PaO2 to the fraction of inspired oxygen (PaO2/FIO2) is commonly used to determine the severity of acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The research presented here used computational models of the lung to analyze the effect of altitude on the PaO2/FIO2 ratio and pulmonary shunt. At a given shunt, the PaO2/FIO2 ratio is lower at higher altitudes. Therefore, when evaluating for ARDS based on a PaO2/FIO2 ratio of <200 mm Hg, patients residing at high altitudes will have less shunt and, presumably, less severe lung injury than patients at sea level. This should be taken into consideration when comparing patients from different altitudes. Shunt should more often be measured directly or be estimated assuming a constant arteriovenous oxygen content difference.

  16. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt blockage by hydatid cyst

    Abrar A Wani


    Full Text Available Ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt is one of the commonest procedures done in neurosurgical practice throughout the world. One of the commonest problems after putting the VP shunt is the shunt obstruction, which can be due to varied causes. Shunt obstruction secondary to the parasitic infections is rarely seen. We are presenting a 15-year-old child, a case of operated cerebral hydatid cyst with hydrocephalus. She presented with shunt malfunction after 1 year of surgical excision of the hydatid cyst. Revision of the VP shunt was done and peroperatively, it was found that the shunt tubing was obstructed due to small hydatid cysts. This is the first reported case of VP shunt obstruction by hydatid cyst.

  17. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt complications needing shunt revision in children: A review of 5 years of experience with 48 revisions

    Rajendra K Ghritlaharey


    Full Text Available Background: The aim of this study was to review the management of ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt complications in children. Patients and Methods: During the last 5 years (January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2010, 236 VP shunt operations were performed in children under 12 years of age; of these, 40 (16.94% developed shunt complications and those who underwent VP shunt revisions were studied. Results: This prospective study included 40 (28 boys and 12 girls children and required 48 shunt revisions. Complications following VP shunts that required shunt revisions were peritoneal catheter/peritoneal end malfunction (18, shunt/shunt tract infections (7, extrusion of peritoneal catheter through anus (5, ventricular catheter malfunction (4, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF leak from abdominal wound (4, shunt system failure (2, ventricular end/shunt displacement (2, CSF pseudocysts peritoneal cavity (2, extrusion of peritoneal catheter from neck, chest, abdominal scar and through umbilicus, one each. Four-fifth of these shunt complications occurred within 6 months of previous surgery. Surgical procedures done during shunt revisions in order of frequency were revision of peritoneal part of shunt (27, 56.25%, revision of entire shunt system (6, 12.5%, extra ventricular drainage and delayed re-shunt (5, 10.41%, shunt removal and delayed re-shunt (5, 10.41%, opposite side shunting (2, 4.16%, cysts excision and revision of peritoneal catheter (2, 4.16% and revision of ventricular catheter (1, 2.08%. The mortalities following VP shunt operations were 44 (18.64% and following shunt revisions were 4 (10%. Conclusions: VP shunt done for hydrocephalus in children is not only prone for complications and need for revision surgery but also associated with considerable mortality.

  18. Use of a stop-flow programmable shunt valve to maximize CNS chemotherapy delivery in a pediatric patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia

    Sheri K Palejwala


    Full Text Available Background: The requirement for frequent intraventricular drug delivery in the setting of shunt dependence is particularly challenging in the treatment of central nervous system infection, neoplastic disease, and hemorrhage. This is especially relevant in the pediatric population where both hematogenous malignancy requiring intrathecal drug delivery and shunt-dependent hydrocephalus are more prevalent. Intrathecal and intraventricular chemotherapy agents can be prematurely diverted in these shunt-dependent patients. Case Description: We report the use of a stop-flow programmable shunt valve to maximize delivery of intraventricular chemotherapy in a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and disseminated intravascular coagulation who presented with spontaneous intracerebral and intraventricular hemorrhages. The patient then developed posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus and eventually progressed to shunt dependence but still required frequent intraventricular chemotherapy administration. A ventriculoperitoneal shunt, equipped with a valve that allows for near cessation of cerebrospinal fluid flow (Certas; , Codman, Raynham, MA, and a contralateral Ommaya reservoir were inserted to maximize intraventricular dissemination of chemotherapy. Conclusions: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of the use of a high-resistance programmable valve being used to virtually cease cerebrospinal fluid flow through the distal catheter temporarily in order to maximize intraventricular drug dissemination in a pediatric patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

  19. Factors affecting ventriculoperitoneal shunt survival in adult patients

    Farid Khan


    Conclusions: Patients with increased age, prolonged hospital stay, GCS score of less than 13, extra-ventricular drains in situ, or excision of brain tumors were more likely to experience early shunt malfunction.

  20. A numerical model of the respiratory modulation of pulmonary shunt and PaO2 oscillations for acute lung injury.

    Beda, Alessandro; Jandre, Frederico C; Giannella-Neto, Antonio


    It is an accepted hypothesis that the amplitude of the respiratory-related oscillations of arterial partial pressure of oxygen (DeltaPaO2) is primarily modulated by fluctuations of pulmonary shunt (Deltas), the latter generated mainly by cyclic alveolar collapse/reopening, when present. A better understanding of the relationship between DeltaPaO2, Deltas, and cyclic alveolar collapse/reopening can have clinical relevance for minimizing the severe lung damage that the latter can cause, for example during mechanical ventilation (MV) of patients with acute lung injury (ALI). To this aim, we numerically simulated the effect of such a relationship on an animal model of ALI under MV, using a combination of a model of lung gas exchange during tidal ventilation with a model of time dependence of shunt on alveolar collapse/opening. The results showed that: (a) the model could adequately replicate published experimental results regarding the complex dependence of DeltaPaO2 on respiratory frequency, driving pressure (DeltaP), and positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP), while simpler models could not; (b) such a replication strongly depends on the value of the model parameters, especially of the speed of alveolar collapse/reopening; (c) the relationship between DeltaPaO2 and Deltas was overall markedly nonlinear, but approximately linear for PEEP>or=6 cmH2O, with very large DeltaPaO2 associated with relatively small Deltas.

  1. Spontaneous knot; a rare cause of ventriculoperitoneal shunt blockage.

    Mohammed, Wail


    A 14-year old X linked congenital hydrocephalus presented with unexplained headaches and vomiting. He had external ventricular drain and intracranial pressure monitoring (ICP). Subsequently, he underwent exploration and removal of previously inserted ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts. On retrieval of peritoneal catheters a double knot was noted between his two distal catheters. This case illustrates a rare cause of ventriculoperitoneal shunt malfunction.

  2. Spontaneous knot; a rare cause of ventriculoperitoneal shunt blockage.

    Mohammed, Wail


    A 14-year old X linked congenital hydrocephalus presented with unexplained headaches and vomiting. He had external ventricular drain and intracranial pressure monitoring (ICP). Subsequently, he underwent exploration and removal of previously inserted ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts. On retrieval of peritoneal catheters a double knot was noted between his two distal catheters. This case illustrates a rare cause of ventriculoperitoneal shunt malfunction.

  3. Rescue endoscopic third ventriculostomy for repeated shunt blockage

    Puneet K Goyal


    Full Text Available The role of endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV is getting more popular for all types of hydrocephalus. It has several advantages and is also being considered for malfunctioning of ventriculo-peritoneal shunt. A 16-year-old child had fourteen shunt revisions in his life. He was eventually treated with ETV with successful result. Repeated shunt failure can be an additional indication of ETV.

  4. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt perforations of the gastrointestinal tract.

    Thiong'o, Grace Muthoni; Luzzio, Christopher; Albright, A Leland


    OBJECT The purposes of this study were to evaluate the frequency with which children presented with ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt perforations of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, to determine the type of shunts that caused the perforations, and to compare the stiffness of perforating catheters with the stiffness of catheters from other manufacturers. METHODS Medical records were reviewed of 197 children who were admitted with VP shunt malfunction. Catheter stiffness was evaluated by measuring relative resistance to cross-sectional compression, resistance to column buckling, and elasticity in longitudinal bending. Catheter frictional force was measured per unit length. RESULTS Six children were identified whose VP shunts had perforated the GI tract; 2 shunts subsequently protruded through the anal orifice, 1 protruded through the oral cavity, and 3 presented with subcutaneous abscesses that tracked upward from the intestine to the chest. All perforating shunts were Chhabra shunts. Catheter stiffness and resistance to bending were greatest with a Medtronic shunt catheter, intermediate with a Codman catheter, and least with a Chhabra catheter. Frictional force was greatest with a Chhabra catheter and least with a Medtronic catheter. CONCLUSIONS The frequency of perforations by Chhabra shunts appears to be higher than the frequency associated with other shunts. The increased frequency does not correlate with their stiffness but may reflect their greater frictional forces.

  5. Ventriculoperitoneal Shunting Surgery with Open Distal Shunt Catheter Placement in the Treatment of Hydrocephalus.

    Zhang, Yang; Zhu, Xiaobo; Zhao, Jinchuan; Hou, Kun; Gao, Xianfeng; Sun, Yang; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Xiaona


    Ventriculoperitoneal shunting (VPS) is a major therapy for hydrocephalus, but has a significant risk of device malfunctioning. In this study, we explored a novel distal shunt catheter placement method in VPS for the treatment of hydrocephalus. Five patients with different etiologies of hydrocephalus underwent VPS with open distant shunt catheter attached outside. We analyzed different variables (age, gender, medical history, clinical presentation, indication for surgery and surgical technique, postoperative complications) and occurrence of shunt failure and infection. All hydrocephalus patients who received the distal shunt catheter placed outside can undergo regular VPS again after the condition improves. The modified VPS in the treatment of hydrocephalus with the distal shunt catheter placed outside could potentially reduce the necessity of repeat surgery for addressing the complications caused by catheter obstruction and infections, reduce the chance of adhesions, and would be of benefit to those patients who need future revisions.

  6. Lumboperitoneal shunts: Review of 409 cases

    Yadav Y


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A prospective study was carried out to evaluate the lumboperitoneal shunt procedure. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four hundred and nine patients having communicating hydrocephalus were selected for the procedure during a 10-year period from March 1992 to February 2002. The average follow-up was 45.34 months. RESULTS: Tubercular meningitis (TBM-related hydrocephalus was detected in 285 patients. Forty per cent of the patients were less than 15 years of age. Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS of less than 8 was seen in 40% patients and 14.9% patients were in GCS 13-15. At the time of discharge 56.7% patients improved in their GCS to 13 -15 and 14.9% were in GCS 8 or less. The overall mortality was 5.13% and shunt-related mortality was seen in 2% patients. Shunt malfunction requiring revision was seen in 32 patients (7.8% and the total number of shunt revisions was 44 (11%. Shunt infection was noted in 3.4% patients. CSF leak at the lumbar end occurred in 12 patients. Four patients required conversion of LP shunt to VP shunt. CONCLUSIONS: Lumboperitoneal shunt is an effective shunting procedure in communicating hydrocephalus.

  7. Critical ventriculo-peritoneal shunt failure due to peritoneal tuberculosis: Case report and diagnostic suggestions for abdominal pseudocyst

    Hajime Takase


    Full Text Available Background: Tuberculous peritonitis (TBP is a well-known complication of ventriculo-peritoneal (VP shunt treatment for hydrocephalus resulting from tuberculous meningitis (TBM. However, a case of hydrocephalus unrelated to TBM resulting from VP shunt malfunction due to TBP has not been reported. Case Description: A 21-year-old male presented with nausea, abdominal pain, and headache. VP and cysto-peritoneal (CP shunts had been inserted to treat hydrocephalus due to a suprasellar arachnoid cyst, replaced the VP and removed the CP in his childhood. Computed tomography demonstrated acute hydrocephalus and an abdominal pseudocyst surrounding the distal end of the peritoneal tube. Initial laboratory data showed elevated white blood cell count and C-reactive protein level, but no causative pathogen was identified. External drainage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF and of the fluid in the peritoneal cyst was established, and empirical antibiotic therapy was initiated. Bacterial cultures eventually revealed Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, and TBP was diagnosed. The patient responded well to antituberculosis (anti-TB agents and insertion of a ventriculo-pleural shunt. Conclusion: This case highlights the possibility of CSF shunt failure and concomitant neurological sequelae from TB infection even when the pathogen has not invaded the central nervous system, as in TBM. Moreover, TBP is rare in developed countries and therefore may be misdiagnosed because of nonspecific clinical features and low sensitivity of common TB screening methods.

  8. The utility of the plain radiograph ''shunt series'' in the evaluation of suspected ventriculoperitoneal shunt failure in pediatric patients

    Desai, Kapil R.; Babb, James S.; Amodio, John B. [New York University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Pediatric Radiology Section, New York, NY (United States)


    To our knowledge, the sensitivity of plain radiography, known as the shunt series, in diagnosing an etiology of ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt malfunction in children has not been previously investigated. To determine the accuracy of plain radiography in diagnosing VP shunt failure in children in whom shunt malfunction is clinically suspected. We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 238 children who had undergone plain radiographic examination for evaluation of clinically suspected VP shunt failure over a 5-year period. The results were compared with those of CT, MRI, and nuclear cisternography. Just 6.72% of patients demonstrated plain radiographic signs of shunt failure. Of patients with normal plain radiographs, 43% demonstrated shunt abnormalities on CT, MRI or cisternography. Statistical analysis indicated that no more than 10.46% (P < 0.05) of plain radiographs showed signs of failure and that the sensitivity of plain radiography for the detection of VP shunt failure is no higher than 31%. Furthermore, there was poor agreement between the results of plain radiography and those of CT, MRI and cisternography. Children with clinically suspected VP shunt failure should proceed directly to cross-sectional or nuclear imaging, as plain radiographic examinations have low sensitivity and significant false-negative rates for detecting shunt abnormalities in all-comers. Use of the shunt series should be limited to patients who specifically have suspected mechanical causes of shunt failure. (orig.)

  9. Risks due to UPS malfunctioning

    Thiesen, H


    To ensure the safety of the LHC in case of partial or general electrical power failure, all components of the machine protection system are powered by an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS). However, just as for other systems of the machine, the UPS itself is not immune to malfunction. This presentation will evaluate the impact of a UPS malfunction on the operation of the machine protection system and the consequences for the protection of the machine.

  10. The value of baseline CT head scans in the assessment of shunt complications in hydrocephalus

    Cantrell, P. (Alder Hey Children' s Hospital, Liverpool (United Kingdom)); Fraser, F. (Alder Hey Children' s Hospital, Liverpool (United Kingdom)); Pilling, D. (Alder Hey Children' s Hospital, Liverpool (United Kingdom)); Carty, H. (Alder Hey Children' s Hospital, Liverpool (United Kingdom))


    The purpose of this study was to determine the value of a baseline CT head scan in the assessment of patients who subsequently presented with symptoms which may have been due to shunt complications (such as blockage or infection). In all these patients the shunt had been inserted in the treatment of hydrocephalus. We conclude that the presence of a baseline scan does not add to the interpretation of CT scans done when the patient presents with symptoms of possible shunt malfunction. (orig.)

  11. Relationship between cerebrospinal fluid flow through the ventriculo-peritoneal shunt and computed tomographic images of hydrocephalic patients

    Ikeda, Kiyonobu; Itoh, Haruhide; Someya, Shigeru; Yamamoto, Shinjiro


    Quantitative measurements of cerebrospinal fluid flow through the ventriculo-peritoneal shunt using radioisotope were carried out on 34 hydrocepalic patients (18 children and 16 adults) and the relationship between the flow rates and the computed tomographic (CT) images was studied. 1) The flow rates in the prone position was 0.04 - 0.20(mean +- SD, 0.10 +- 0.05) ml/min in 13 patients whose shunt systems were functioning adequately. There was a good correlation between the flow rates and closing pressures of the shunt valves. 2) The 21 patients with malfunctioning shunt systems were devided into two groups as follows; the obstruction or lower flow group in which the shunt flow was in 0 approx. 0.05 ml/min and the over-flow groups with rates over 0.20 ml/min. In the former group, there were 3 cases in which the shunt flow in a sitting position was very low and the cause of the malfunction was thought to be placement of an inadequate system with a higher pressure valve. 3) In 4 cases of 5 children in which the ventricles were of normal size during shunt malfunction, their ventricular sizes on CT images changed to small or slit-like ventricles after shunt revision. 4) A few cases of hydrocephalic adults, in which the shunt-catheters were thought to be obstructed with no shunt flow in the prone and sitting positions showing no progressive dilatation of the ventricles on CT images, were diagnosed with the added findings of RI cisternography as shunt-dependent arrested hydrocephalus. In the diagnosis of shunt malfunction and selection of the most adequate system in shunt revision, it is necessary to analyze together the data on CT images, quantitative measurement of shunt flow rates and RI cisternography as well as the clinical manifestations.

  12. Prevention of ventriculoperitoneal shunt complications after intraperitoneal urological surgeries.

    Ikeda, Takashi; Akiyama, Sayaka; Kim, Woo Jin; Ito, Susumu; Yamazaki, Yuichiro


    To evaluate perioperative management for the prevention of postoperative shunt infection and malfunction after intraperitoneal urological surgery in patients with myelodysplasia and a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. From 2005 to 2015, 20 consecutive patients with myelodysplasia and a ventriculoperitoneal shunt who underwent intraperitoneal urological surgeries were managed with the same perioperative regimen. Intraperitoneal surgeries involved opening gastrointestinal tracts, including bladder augmentation by enterocystoplasty, creating continent catheterizable channels and Malone antegrade continent enema. We compared results with those from seven previous reports regarding postoperative shunt complications, surgical histories of previous shunt revisions, management of bacteriuria before surgery preoperative bowel preparation, antibiotic regimens, and duration of indwelling drain. Of 20 patients, 18 received prior shunt revisions, and 14 had positive urine culture before surgery that was managed with oral antibiotics. Thirteen patients underwent bladder augmentation with ileum, and one underwent augmentation with sigmoid colon. Nineteen patients underwent Malone antegrade continent enema using the appendix. All parenteral antibiotics were stopped on postoperative day 2.5. Mean duration of indwelling peritoneal drain was 2.7days. Mean follow-up period was 59.8months. Neither postoperative shunt infections nor intraperitoneal shunt malfunctions were recognized during follow-up period. This is the first study to evaluate postoperative ventriculoperitoneal shunt complications in patients with myelodysplasia who underwent intraperitoneal urological surgeries with a specific perioperative regimen. Shunt complications are greatly reduced by rigorous perioperative management, including preoperative control of bacteriuria, appropriate administration of prophylactic antibiotics, and early removal of intraperitoneal drains. The type of study: Case series with no comparison group

  13. A malfunctioning nasogastric feeding tube

    Emanuele Cereda


    Full Text Available A critical point of nasogastric feeding tube placement, potentially resulting in an unsafe and/or non-effective operation of the device, is the monitoring of its proper placement into the stomach. A properly obtained and interpreted radiograph is currently recommended to confirm placement. We reported the case of a 68-year-old demented woman referred for complicated dysphagia. A nasogastric tube was blindly inserted and its placement was confirmed by the radiologist. Enteral nutrition was initiated but the patient began to vomit immediately. After reviewing the radiograph it was understood that a gastric loop in the tube and its tip pointing upwards did not allow a safe infusion of the feeding formula. It is not enough having the radiologist reporting that a nasogastric feeding tube is placed in the stomach; the inclusion in the report of specific warnings on any potential cause of malfunctioning of the device should be considered. The presence of a gastric loop should be taken into account as a cause of potential malfunctioning.

  14. Vascular collateralization along ventriculoperitoneal shunt catheters in moyamoya disease.

    Singla, Amit; Lin, Ning; Ho, Allen L; Scott, R Michael; Smith, Edward R


    Surgically created openings such as bur holes can serve as avenues for the development of collateral blood supply to the brain in patients with moyamoya disease. When such collateralization occurs through preexisting shunt catheter sites, the potential exists for perioperative stroke if these vessels are damaged during revision of a ventricular catheter for shunt malfunction. In this paper the authors report on a series of patients with a history of ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts who later developed moyamoya disease and were found to have spontaneous transdural collateral vessels at ventricular catheter sites readily visualized on diagnostic angiography. A consecutive surgical series of 412 patients with moyamoya disease treated at Boston Children's Hospital from 1990 to 2010 were reviewed to identify patients with concomitant moyamoya and a VP shunt. The clinical records and angiograms of these patients were reviewed to determine the extent of bur hole collaterals through the shunt site. Three patients were identified who had VP shunts placed for hydrocephalus and subsequently developed moyamoya disease. All 3 patients demonstrated spontaneous transdural collaterals at the ventricular catheter bur hole, as confirmed by angiography during the workup for moyamoya disease. No patients required subsequent revision of their ventricular catheters following the diagnosis of moyamoya. All patients have remained stroke free and clinically stable following pial synangiosis. Although the association of moyamoya and shunted hydrocephalus is rare, it may present a significant potential problem for the neurosurgeon treating a shunt malfunction in this patient population, because shunt bur holes may become entry sites for the ingrowth of significant cortical transdural collateral blood supply to the underlying brain. Shunt revision might therefore be associated with an increased risk of postoperative stroke or operative-site hemorrhage in this population if this

  15. Urethral protrusion of the abdominal catheter of ventriculoperitoneal shunt: Case report of extremely rare complication

    Ugur Yazar


    Full Text Available Hydrocephalus in its various forms constitutes one of the major problems in pediatric neurosurgical practice. The placement of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt is the most common form of treatment for hydrocephalus, so that all neurosurgeons struggle with shunt malfunctions and their complications. Well-known complications are connected with the use of the valve systems (malfunction, infectious, overdrainage, secondary craniosynostosis, etc.. We report an unusual case of protruding abdominal catheter from the urethra. This girl had received a VP shunt for hydrocephalus following surgery of posterior fossa medulloblastoma 4 years ago. After admission, the entire system was removed, antibiotic treatment was administered for 2 weeks, and a new VP shunt was placed. The postoperative course was uneventful. This complication is extremely rare.

  16. [Semiology of ventriculoperitoneal shunting dysfunction in children - a review].

    Neiter, E; Guarneri, C; Pretat, P-H; Joud, A; Marchal, J-C; Klein, O


    Ventriculoperitoneal shunting (VPS) is a treatment of the hydrocephalus that may dysfunction. The clinical presentation of shunt dysfunction is variable. We therefore decided to focus on the clinical presentation of VPS malfunction in children, as this condition requires immediate emergency treatment and because of the sometimes confusing signs of intracranial hypertension in a shunted child. We searched PubMed with the following groups of keywords: (dysfunction OR blockage) AND shunting AND hydrocephalus; shunt complications AND hydrocephalus; hydrocephalus AND shunt AND malfunction. Articles dealing with ventriculo-atrial shunt were excluded. A total of 79 articles were retained for analysis (English and French). Case reports were excluded. The clinical presentation varies by age: vomiting and alterated level of consciousness are the most frequent signs in older children, whereas infants present more often with raised intracranial pressure symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, irritability and bulging fontanel. Drowsiness is a good predictor of VPS dysfunction. An asymptomatic presentation is rare but possible. Abdominal presentation is also possible, ranging from abdominal discomfort to peritonitis. Fever, occurring a short time after the last intervention, and irritability are good predictors of shunt infection. Pumping the chamber of the VPS has a weak positive predictive value (12%). Shunt dysfunction can lead to death, with an estimated mortality rate at 1% per year during the first years. It is essential to be aware of the variability of the clinical presentation of VPS dysfunction, because of the potential severity of this condition. Also it is important to pay attention to the comments of the parents, especially if the child experienced a previous shunt malfunction. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  17. Parylene MEMS patency sensor for assessment of hydrocephalus shunt obstruction.

    Kim, Brian J; Jin, Willa; Baldwin, Alexander; Yu, Lawrence; Christian, Eisha; Krieger, Mark D; McComb, J Gordon; Meng, Ellis


    Neurosurgical ventricular shunts inserted to treat hydrocephalus experience a cumulative failure rate of 80 % over 12 years; obstruction is responsible for most failures with a majority occurring at the proximal catheter. Current diagnosis of shunt malfunction is imprecise and involves neuroimaging studies and shunt tapping, an invasive measurement of intracranial pressure and shunt patency. These patients often present emergently and a delay in care has dire consequences. A microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) patency sensor was developed to enable direct and quantitative tracking of shunt patency in order to detect proximal shunt occlusion prior to the development of clinical symptoms thereby avoiding delays in treatment. The sensor was fabricated on a flexible polymer substrate to eventually allow integration into a shunt. In this study, the sensor was packaged for use with external ventricular drainage systems for clinical validation. Insights into the transduction mechanism of the sensor were obtained. The impact of electrode size, clinically relevant temperatures and flows, and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) plasma sterilization on sensor function were evaluated. Sensor performance in the presence of static and dynamic obstruction was demonstrated using 3 different models of obstruction. Electrode size was found to have a minimal effect on sensor performance and increased temperature and flow resulted in a slight decrease in the baseline impedance due to an increase in ionic mobility. However, sensor response did not vary within clinically relevant temperature and flow ranges. H2O2 plasma sterilization also had no effect on sensor performance. This low power and simple format sensor was developed with the intention of future integration into shunts for wireless monitoring of shunt state and more importantly, a more accurate and timely diagnosis of shunt failure.

  18. Complications and subsequent removal of retained shunt hardware after endoscopic third ventriculostomy: case series.

    Pindrik, Jonathan; Jallo, George I; Ahn, Edward S


    This case series highlights multiple complications and subsequent removal of retained shunt hardware in pediatric patients after successful endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV). Removal or retention of existing shunt hardware following ETV represents an important dilemma. Prior studies have reported infections and organ perforation related to nonfunctioning shunts but none in the context of successful ETV. Data obtained in 3 children with hydrocephalus treated at the authors' institution were retrospectively reviewed after the patients experienced complications due to retained shunt hardware following ETV. Etiologies of hydrocephalus included tectal glioma and intraventricular hemorrhage. All 3 patients had a history of multiple shunt revisions and underwent urgent ETV in the setting of a shunt malfunction. In each case, the entire shunt system was left in situ, but it became the source of subsequent complications. Two of the 3 patients presented with the shunt infected by gram-negative bacilli 10 days and 4.5 months postoperatively, respectively. The remaining patient experienced wound dehiscence over the shunt valve 4.5 months after ETV. In all patients, the complications were managed successfully by removing the shunt hardware. None of the patients required repeat shunt insertion from the time of removal throughout the follow-up period (mean 24 months, range 9-36 months). During the study period, a total of 6 patients with indwelling shunt hardware underwent ETV with the expectation of being shunt independent. Among these 6 patients, 3 experienced no complications from the retained hardware whereas 3 patients (50%) ultimately experienced adverse consequences related to retained hardware. This case series illustrates complications involving retained shunt hardware after successful ETV. These examples support consideration of shunt removal at the time of ETV in the appropriate context.

  19. Two-port laparoscopic management of a giant pseudocyst complicating ventriculoperitoneal shunt

    Sandesh V Parelkar


    Full Text Available Insertion of a ventriculo-peritoneal (VP shunt is the most common operative procedure for the treatment of hydrocephalus in children. Of the several causes of shunt malfunction, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF pseudocyst is relatively uncommon. There are several modalities to treat a CSF pseudocyst. Laparotomy is required, at times, more than once. We managed a patient of CSF pseudocyst with two-port laparoscopy, by deroofing the psuedocyst and repositioning of the shunt. This minimally invasive technique avoids morbidity associated with laparotomy and aids in early recovery.

  20. Enhanced Piezoelectric Shunt Design

    Chul H. Park


    Full Text Available Piezoceramic material connected to an electronic shunt branch circuit has formed a successful vibration reduction device. One drawback of the conventional electronic shunt circuit is the large inductance required when suppressing low frequency vibration modes. Also, the large internal resistance associated with this large inductance exceeds the optimal design resistance needed for low frequency vibration suppression. To solve this problem, a modified and enhanced piezoelectric shunt circuit is designed and analyzed by using mechanical-electrical analogies to present the physical interpretation. The enhanced shunt circuit developed in this paper is proved to significantly reduce the targeted vibration mode of a cantilever beam, theoretically and experimentally.

  1. Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy in Previously Shunted Children

    Eva Brichtova


    Full Text Available Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV is a routine and safe procedure for therapy of obstructive hydrocephalus. The aim of our study is to evaluate ETV success rate in therapy of obstructive hydrocephalus in pediatric patients formerly treated by ventriculoperitoneal (V-P shunt implantation. From 2001 till 2011, ETV was performed in 42 patients with former V-P drainage implantation. In all patients, the obstruction in aqueduct or outflow parts of the fourth ventricle was proved by MRI. During the surgery, V-P shunt was clipped and ETV was performed. In case of favourable clinical state and MRI functional stoma, the V-P shunt has been removed 3 months after ETV. These patients with V-P shunt possible removing were evaluated as successful. In our group of 42 patients we were successful in 29 patients (69%. There were two serious complications (4.7%—one patient died 2.5 years and one patient died 1 year after surgery in consequence of delayed ETV failure. ETV is the method of choice in obstructive hydrocephalus even in patients with former V-P shunt implantation. In case of acute or scheduled V-P shunt surgical revision, MRI is feasible, and if ventricular system obstruction is diagnosed, the hydrocephalus may be solved endoscopically.

  2. Lumbar peritoneal shunt

    Yadav Yad


    Full Text Available A lumbar peritoneal (LP shunt is a technique of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF diversion from the lumbar thecal sac to the peritoneal cavity. It is indicated under a large number of conditions such as communicating hydrocephalus, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, normal pressure hydrocephalus, spinal and cranial CSF leaks, pseudomeningoceles, slit ventricle syndrome, growing skull fractures which are difficult to treat by conventional methods (when dural defect extends deep in the cranial base or across venous sinuses and in recurrent cases after conventional surgery, raised intracranial pressure following chronic meningitis, persistent bulging of craniotomy site after operations for intracranial tumors or head trauma, syringomyelia and failed endoscopic third ventriculostomy with a patent stoma. In spite of the large number of indications of this shunt and being reasonably good, safe, and effective, very few reports about the LP shunt exist in the literature. This procedure did not get its due importance due to some initial negative reports. This review article is based on search on Google and PubMed. This article is aimed to review indications, complications, results, and comparison of the LP shunt with the commonly practiced ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt. Shunt blocks, infections, CSF leaks, overdrainage and acquired Chiari malformation (ACM are some of the complications of the LP shunt. Early diagnosis of overdrainage complications and ACM as well as timely appropriate treatment especially by programmable shunts could decrease morbidity. Majority of recent reports suggest that a LP shunt is a better alternative to the VP shunt in communicating hydrocephalus. It has an advantage over the VP shunt of being completely extracranial and can be used under conditions other than hydrocephalus when the ventricles are normal sized or chinked. More publications are required to establish its usefulness in the treatment of wide variety of indications.

  3. Malfunction of Totally Implantable Central Venous Ports



    Full Text Available Background Malfunctions of totally implantable central venous ports (TICVPs have become a problem, as the usage of TICVPs has increased enormously. Objectives This study evaluated factors related with catheter malfunctions of TICVPs. Patients and Methods Between January 2010 and June 2012, 1,740 TICVPs in 1,740 patients (874 men and 866 women with an average age of 57.7 ± 12.8 years (range: 15 - 91 years were implanted by an interventional radiology team at our institute. Catheter malfunctions were retrospectively analyzed. In the prospective study, we randomly allocated 176 patients to two kinds of TICVPs in a 1:1 assignment ratio. The primary outcome was the malfunction of TICVPs. Results In the retrospective study, the 32 malfunctioning TICVPs were caused by fibrin sheath formations (n = 15, chamber thrombosis (n = 8, TICVP rotation (n = 5, catheter migration (n = 2, and blood clots within the catheters (n = 2. Multivariate analysis showed that being female was a significant factor for poor patency rates of TICVPs (hazard ratio: 5.06; 95% confidence interval (CI 1.32 - 19.46, P = 0.018. In the prospective study, two chamber thromboses occurred in Celsite® (n = 1 and Humanport® (n = 1. The primary patency rates of both Celsite® and Humanport® were 98.9% at 6 months, respectively. Conclusion Our data suggest that catheter malfunctions of TICVPs are more common in females than males. The incidence of TICVP malfunctions does not differ between the two devices (Celsite® vs. Humanport®.

  4. Return to the emergency department after ventricular shunt evaluation.

    Sarda, Samir; Simon, Harold K; Hirsh, Daniel A; Wang, Andrew; Shane Tubbs, R; Chern, Joshua J


    OBJECT Patients with CSF shunts are medically complex and frequently present to the emergency department (ED) with suspected shunt malfunction. After adequate evaluation in the ED and proper disposition, some patients return to the ED within a short period of time. In this study, the authors examined the reasons for ED revisits within 7 days of the index ED visit to discern possible preventable returns. METHODS There were 3080 index ED visits made by patients with shunted hydrocephalus between 2010 and 2013. Index ED visits preceded by another ED visit or neurosurgical procedure within 60 days were excluded. Index ED visits for reasons unrelated to shunt function and those that led directly to admissions and shunt revision surgeries were also excluded. The remaining 1509 ED visits were eligible for analysis in this study. Final dispositions from the index ED visit included home (1176 cases), admission to the neurosurgery service for observation (134 cases), and admission to other services (199 cases). Subsequent events within 7 days, including ED revisits, hospital admissions, and shunt-related surgery were recorded, and reasons for the ED revisits were categorized based on whether the visit was related to shunt function concerns. Clinical and socioeconomic factors were analyzed for their association with ED revisits by using statistical methods. RESULTS Of the 1176 patients discharged home from the ED after shunt function evaluation, 101 (8.6%) returned to the ED within 7 days. Of the 134 patients admitted to the neurosurgery service for observation only, 8 (6.0%) returned to the ED within 7 days of discharge. Of the 199 patients admitted to hospital services other than neurosurgery, 13 (6.5%) returned to the ED within 7 days of discharge. The reasons for ED revisits vary (total of 122 visits combining the 3 groups), but at least 60% of the revisits were clearly unrelated to shunt function. A younger age, daytime arrival to the ED, and living within the

  5. CSF hydrothorax without intrathoracic catheter migration in children with ventriculoperitoneal shunt

    Joon-Hyung Kim


    Full Text Available Background: Thoracic complications of ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunts have been extensively reported in the literature. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF hydrothorax without catheter migration, however, has been rarely described and poorly understood. Case Description: We describe development of pleural effusion and respiratory distress in a 3-year-old boy with no evidence of VP shunt catheter displacement on plain radiograph and stable ventricle size on rapid sequence magnetic resonance imaging (MRI brain. Chest X-ray revealed complete opacity of right hemithorax. Pleural effusion was consistent with transudate. Beta-2 transferrin returned positive. The patient underwent externalization of VP shunt, and upon resolution of effusion, re-internalization with new distal shunt catheter. A literature review of CSF hydrothorax in children without intrathoracic shunt migration was performed. Eleven cases were identified in the English literature. Age at VP shunt placement ranged from birth to 8 years of age. Interval from VP shunt placement to CSF hydrothorax ranged from 1.5 months to 5 years. History of shunt revision was reported in two cases. Presenting symptoms also included ascites and inguinal hernia or hydrocele. Reported diagnostic studies consist of CSF culture, radionuclide shuntogram, beta-2 transferrin, and beta-trace protein. Laterality of the VP shunt and development of pleural effusion were predominantly right sided. Definitive surgical treatment included VA shunt, repositioning of the peritoneal catheter, and endoscopic choroid plexus coagulation. Conclusion: CSF hydrothorax is a rare thoracic complication of VP shunt placement with no radiographic evidence of shunt migration or malfunction. Postulated mechanisms include limited peritoneal capacity to resorb CSF in children and microscopic communications present in congenital diaphragmatic hiatuses.

  6. Hydrocephalus and Shunts

    SBA National Resource Center: 800-621-3141 Hydrocephalus and Shunts Approximately 80% of people with SB have Hydrocephalus Hydrocephalus means there is a build-up of cerebrospinal also called CSF, around ...

  7. Distal splenorenal shunt

    ... path. As a result, swollen blood vessels called varices form. They develop thin walls that can break ... or x-rays show that you have bleeding varices. Distal splenorenal shunt surgery reduces pressure on the ...

  8. Pathophysiology of shunt dysfunction in shunt treated hydrocephalus

    Blegvad, C.; Skjolding, A D; Broholm, H


    We hypothesized that shunt dysfunction in the ventricular catheter and the shunt valve is caused by different cellular responses. We also hypothesized that the cellular responses depend on different pathophysiological mechanisms....

  9. Failure of a Torkildsen shunt after functioning for 50 years.

    Zinn, Pascal O; Bozinov, Oliver; Burkhardt, Jan-Karl; Reisch, Robert; Yaşargil, M Gazi; Bertalanffy, Helmut


    Mechanical obstruction is a severe complication of ventricular catheter use. Its incidence was shown to be high in the 1960s and 1970s, with up to 41% of the catheters becoming obstructed within 10 years after surgery. The authors present what is to their knowledge the first reported case of a patient with failure of a Torkildsen shunt after 50 years of functioning. A 60-year-old woman presented with increasing gait ataxia, decline in cognitive functions (including short-term memory loss), and slight urinary incontinence. The diagnosis of hydrocephalus and thus malfunction of the Torkildsen shunt implanted 50 years previously was confirmed by MR images, which revealed a prominent triventricular hydrocephalus. The patient subsequently underwent endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV), the current surgical treatment of choice, resulting in total resolution of her neurological symptoms and amelioration of cerebral tissue distension. Decrease in ventricle dilation and success of the ETV were confirmed on postoperative follow-up MR images.

  10. residue and shunting pinholes

    Gorji, Nima E.


    The present work considers two observable phenomena through the experimental fabrication and electrical characterization of the rf-sputtered CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells that extremely reduce the overall conversion efficiency of the device: CdCl2 residue on the surface of the semiconductor and shunting pinholes. The former happens through nonuniform treatment of the As-deposited solar cells before annealing at high temperature and the latter occurs by shunting pinholes when the cell surface is shunted by defects, wire-like pathways or scratches on the metallic back contact caused from the external contacts. Such physical problems may be quite common in the experimental activities and reduce the performance down to 4-5 % which leads to dismantle the device despite its precise fabrication. We present our electrical characterization on the samples that received wet CdCl2 surface treatment (uniform or nonuniform) and are damaged by the pinholes.

  11. Percutaneous gastrostomy tube placement in patients with ventriculoperitoneal shunts

    Sane, S.S.; Towbin, A.; Bergey, E.A.; Kaye, R.D.; Fitz, C.R.; Albright, L.; Towbin, R.B. [Department of Radiology, Children`s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 3705 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (United States)


    Objective. The purpose of this study is to determine the risk of CNS and/or peritoneal infection in children with ventriculoperitoneal shunts in whom a percutaneous gastrostomy tube is placed. Materials and methods. We placed 205 gastrostomy or gastrojejunostomy tubes from January of 1991 to December 1996. Twenty-three patients (10 boys, 13 girls) had ventriculoperitoneal shunts at the time of placement. All shunts were placed at least 1 month prior to placement of the gastrostomy tube. The patients ranged in age from 8 months to 16 years with a mean age of 6 years, 9 months. Patient weight ranged from 2 kg to 60 kg. All 23 children required long-term nutritional support due to severe neurologic impairment. No prophylactic antibiotics were given prior to the procedure. Of the patients, 21/23 had a 14-F Sacks-Vine gastrostomy tube with a fixed terminal retention device inserted, using percutaneous fluoroscopic antegrade technique. Two of the 23 patients had a Ross 14-F Flexi-flo gastrostomy tube which required a retrograde technique due to a small caliber esophagus in these children. Results. All 23 children had technically successful placements of percutaneous gastrostomy (7) or gastrojejunostomy (16) tubes. Of the children, 21/23 (91 %) had no complications from the procedure. Two of 23 (9 %) patients demonstrated signs of peritonitis after placement of their gastrostomy tubes and subsequently had shunt infections. In both, children CSF culture grew gram-positive cocci. The antegrade technique was used in both children who developed peritonitis. Conclusion. Our study indicates children with ventriculoperitoneal shunts who undergo percutaneous gastrostomy are at greater risk for infection and subsequent shunt malfunction. Therefore, we recommend prophylactic antibiotic therapy to cover for skin and oral flora. (orig.) With 1 fig., 7 refs.

  12. Post-Operative Complications of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt in Hydrocephalic Pediatric Patients-Nursing Care

    Efstratios Athanasakis


    Full Text Available Introduction: Hydrocephalus is the most common congenital abnormality of the central nervous system ininfants. Many cases of hydrocephalic children are described since ancient times. It is characterized by excessiveaccumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain. Its symptomatology during infanthood or earlychildhood is characterized by swelling of the head, protrusion of the forehead and brain atrophy. All thesesymptoms appear due to increased cerebrospinal fluid volume, increased intracranial pressure and dilatation ofthe ventricular walls.Aim: The aim of this paper is to describe the ventriculoperitoneal shunt complications in pediatrics patients andto point out the role of nursing stuff in the prevention of them.Methods: This include literature search on the database Medline and relevant with that issue internationalhydrocephalus organizations to identify studies regarding the complications of ventriculoperitoneal shunt and thenursing care for each complication.Results: Ventriculoperitoneal shunt is the treatment of hydrocephalic infants, rather than endoscopic thirdventriculostomy. Although the success of the ventriculoperitoneal shunt’s placement, the patients usually sufferfrom its afterwards complications. The complications involves postoperative shunt infection, shunt placementfailure, shunt obstruction – malfunction, abdominal complications – peritonitis, valve complications, slitventriclesyndrome and seizures. The role of the nursing stuff is vital, particularly in the postoperative weeks.Conclusion: A proper nursing assessment includes valid identification of complications and their prompttreatment. Also, nurses had to implement accurate nursing care, in order to prevent any complication. Finally,parental teaching from the nurses is crucial in the process of health outcomes for pediatric patient.

  13. Hydrocephalus and Ventriculoperitoneal Shunts: Modes of Failure and Opportunities for Improvement.

    Jorgensen, Julianne; Williams, Corin; Sarang-Sieminski, Alisha


    Between 0.5 and 4 of every 1000 children are born with hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is an over-accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles of the brain, which can affect cognitive function, vision, appetite, and cranial nerve function. Left untreated, hydrocephalus can result in death. The current treatment for hydrocephalus uses ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts with valves to redirect CSF from the ventricles into the peritoneum. Shunt technology is limited by a number of complications, which include infection after implantation, shunt obstruction due to clot formation or catheter obstruction by scar tissue or choroid plexus, disconnection and tubing migration, and overdrainage or underdrainage of CSF due to valve malfunction. While modifications to surgical procedures and shunt design have been introduced, only modest improvements in outcomes have been observed. Here we provide an overview of hydrocephalus, VP shunts, and their modes of failure, and we identify numerous areas of opportunity for biomedical engineers and physicians to collaborate to improve the performance of VP shunts.

  14. An electronic circuit for sensing malfunctions in test instrumentation

    Miller, W. M., Jr.


    Monitoring device differentiates between malfunctions occurring in the system undergoing test and malfunctions within the test instrumentation itself. Electronic circuits in the monitor use transistors to commutate silicon controlled rectifiers by removing the drive voltage, display circuits are then used to monitor multiple discrete lines.

  15. Congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunts

    Murray, Conor P.; Yoo, Shi-Joon; Babyn, Paul S. [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, M5G 1X8, Toronto, Ontario (Canada)


    A congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunt (CEPS) is uncommon. A type 1 CEPS exists where there is absence of intrahepatic portal venous supply and a type 2 CEPS where this supply is preserved. The diagnosis of congenital portosystemic shunt is important because it may cause hepatic encephalopathy. To describe the clinical and imaging features of three children with CEPS and to review the cases in the published literature. The diagnostic imaging and medical records for three children with CEPS were retrieved and evaluated. An extensive literature search was performed. Including our cases, there are 61 reported cases of CEPS, 39 type 1 and 22 type 2. Type 1 occurs predominantly in females, while type 2 shows no significant sexual preponderance. The age at diagnosis ranges from 31 weeks of intrauterine life to 76 years. Both types of CEPS have a number of associations, the most common being nodular lesions of the liver (n=25), cardiac anomalies (n=19), portosystemic encephalopathy (n=10), polysplenia (n=9), biliary atresia (n=7), skeletal anomalies (n=5), and renal tract anomalies (n=4). MRI is recommended as an important means of diagnosing and classifying cases of CEPS and examining the associated cardiovascular and hepatic abnormalities. Screening for CEPS in patients born with polysplenia is suggested. (orig.)

  16. Control Rod Malfunction at the NRAD Reactor

    Thomas L. Maddock


    The neutron Radiography Reactor (NRAD) is a training, research, and isotope (TRIGA) reactor located at the INL. The reactor is normally shut down by the insertion of three control rods that drop into the core when power is removed from electromagnets. During a routine shutdown, indicator lights on the console showed that one of the control rods was not inserted. It was initially thought that the indicator lights were in error because of a limit switch that was out of adjustment. Through further testing, it was determined that the control rod did not drop when the scram switch was initially pressed. The control rod anomaly led to a six month shutdown of the reactor and an in depth investigation of the reactor protective system. The investigation looked into: scram switch operation, console modifications, and control rod drive mechanisms. A number of latent issues were discovered and corrected during the investigation. The cause of the control rod malfunction was found to be a buildup of corrosion in the control rod drive mechanism. The investigation resulted in modifications to equipment, changes to both operation and maintenance procedures, and additional training. No reoccurrences of the problem have been observed since corrective actions were implemented.

  17. Insulin Pump Malfunction During Hospitalization: Two Case Reports.

    Faulds, Eileen R; Wyne, Kathleen L; Buschur, Elizabeth O; McDaniel, Jodi; Dungan, Kathleen


    Insulin pump malfunctions and failures continue to occur; however, more severe malfunctions such as the "runaway pump" phenomenon are rarely reported. This article describes two cases of pump malfunction in which pump users appear to have received an unsolicited bolus of insulin resulting in severe episodes of hypoglycemia during hospitalization. Both cases of insulin pump malfunction occurred in the inpatient setting at a large academic medical center in the United States. An analysis of the corresponding insulin pump downloads was performed. The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database was searched for similar cases involving Medtronic (Northridge, CA) insulin pumps using the terms "pump," "infusion," "insulin AND malfunction AND Medtronic." The two cases described show remarkable similarities, each demonstrating a severe hypoglycemic event preceded by an infusion site change followed by an alarm. In both cases a rapid spraying of insulin was reported. The insulin pump downloads validated much of the patients' and medical staff's descriptions of events. The FDA's MAUDE database search revealed 425 cases meeting our search term criteria. All cases were reviewed. Seven cases were identified involving independent movement of the reservoir piston. The cases detailed are the first to describe an insulin pump malfunction of this nature in the hospital setting involving unsolicited insulin boluses leading to severe hypoglycemia. The cases are particularly compelling in that they were witnessed by medical personnel. Providers and patients should receive instruction education on the recognition and management of insulin pump malfunction.

  18. I and C functional test facility malfunction cause and effect

    Kwon, Kee Choon


    The objective of I and C function test facility (FTF) is to validate newly developed digital control and protection algorithm, alarm reduction algorithm and the function of operator support system and so on. To realize transient and accident situation in the FTF, the result of the activation of malfunction should be similar to the situation of real nuclear power plants. In this technical report, describe the Group, Malfunction No., Description, Option, Recommendations, Considered in Subroutine, Limitations, Cause, and Effect of the malfunctions implemented in FTF. (author).

  19. Outcome analysis of shunt surgery in hydrocephalus

    Ahmed Ashraf


    Full Text Available Aim: To study the clinical outcome of shunt surgeries in children suffering from hydrocephalus. Methods: A prospective study of 50 children with hydrocephalus who underwent a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt insertion over a period of two years. These patients were then followed up for shunt related complications, shunt revisions and outcome. Results : Twenty six of the 50 patients (52% suffered from complications. The most common complications were shunt blockage (n=7 and shunt infection (n=6. These complications necessitated repeated shunt revisions. Conclusions: Infective complications of hydrocephalus are more likely to leave behind an adverse neurological outcome in the form of delayed milestones and mental retardation.

  20. A novel method for salvage of malfunctioning peritoneal dialysis catheter

    Ali Akbar Beig


    Conclusions: Comparing the advantages and disadvantages of this method to the previous laparoscopically repaired catheter, we concluded that this new method is efficient, and is a suitable way for malfunctioning PD catheter salvage.

  1. Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)

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  7. Anatomical Closure of Left-to-Right Shunts in Premature Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Pulmonary Hypertension: A Cautionary Tale

    Narendra R. Dereddy


    Full Text Available Closure of a systemic to pulmonary shunt in premature infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia may be beneficial, but in the presence of pulmonary hypertension is controversial. Here, we discuss two premature infants with pulmonary hypertension who developed acute pulmonary hypertensive crisis after closure of these shunts and hence advise caution.

  8. Association of Brucella Meningoencephalitis with Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt in A Child: A Case Report

    Babak ABDINIA


    Full Text Available Brucellosis is an endemic zoonosis in Iran. It is a systemic infection that can involve any organs or systems of the body and have variable presentations. Ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt infections due to brucellosis have been rarely reported in the literatures.This is the history of a four years old boy who developed Brucella meningoencephalitis at the age of 42 months, whilst he had a VP shunt in situ for hydrocephalus treatment. Also, he presented brucellosis as acute abdomen. This patient was treated with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, gentamicin and rifampicin. The shunt was extracted and all clinical and laboratory test abnormalities subsided through this management.We propose that in a patient with Brucella meningoencephalitis, the cerebrospinal fluid shunt system can be extracted and treatment with appropriate combination of antibiotics could be successful. Moreover, it shows that brucellosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis for acute abdomen and ascites in endemic regions.

  9. Piezoelectric RL shunt damping of flexible structures

    Høgsberg, Jan Becker; Krenk, Steen


    Resonant RL shunt circuits represent a robust and effective approach to piezoelectric damping, provided that the individual shunt circuit components are calibrated accurately with respect to the dynamic properties of the corresponding flexible structure. The balanced calibration procedure applied...

  10. Syringosubarachnoid shunting using a myringotomy tube

    Jack M Leschke


    Conclusion: We used a myringotomy tube for syringosubarachnoid shunting for the surgical management of a posttraumatic syrinx with good results. This technique minimizes suturing and may minimize shunt-related complications.

  11. The capacity of associative memories with malfunctioning neurons.

    Shirazi, M N; Maekawa, S


    Hopfield associative memories with alphan malfunctioning neurons are considered. Using some facts from exchangeable events theory, the asymptotic storage capacity of such a network is derived as a function of the parameter alpha under stability and attractivity requirements. It is shown that the asymptotic storage capacity is (1-alpha)(2)/n(4 log n) under stability and (1-alpha)(2)(1-2rho)(2)n/(4 log n) under attractivity requirements, respectively. Comparing these capacities with their maximum values corresponding to the case when there is no malfunctioning neurons, alpha=0, shows the robustness of the retrieval mechanism of Hopfield associative memories with respect to the existence of malfunctioning neurons. This result also supports the claim that neural networks are fault tolerant.

  12. Shunting ratios for MHD flows

    Birzvalk, Yu.


    The shunting ratio and the local shunting ratio, pertaining to currents induced by a magnetic field in a flow channel, are properly defined and systematically reviewed on the basis of the Lagrange criterion. Their definition is based on the energy balance and related to dimensionless parameters characterizing an MHD flow, these parameters evolving from the Hartmann number and the hydrodynamic Reynolds number as well as the magnetic Reynolds number, and the Lundquist number. These shunting ratios, of current density in the core of a stream (uniform) or equivalent mean current density to the short-circuit (maximum) current density, are given here for a slot channel with nonconducting or conducting walls, for a conduction channel with heavy side rails, and for an MHD-flow around bodies. 5 references, 1 figure.

  13. Staged Transcatheter Treatment of Portal Hypoplasia and Congenital Portosystemic Shunts in Children

    Bruckheimer, Elchanan, E-mail:; Dagan, Tamir [Schneider Children' s Medical Center Israel, Section of Pediatric Cardiology (Israel); Atar, Eli; Schwartz, Michael [Schneider Children' s Medical Center Israel, Section of Radiology (Israel); Kachko, Ludmila [Schneider Children' s Medical Center Israel, Section of Anesthesiology (Israel); Superina, Riccardo; Amir, Gabriel [Schneider Children' s Medical Center Israel, Section of Pediatric Cardiology (Israel); Shapiro, Rivka [Schneider Children' s Medical Center Israel, Section of Gastroenterology (Israel); Birk, Einat [Schneider Children' s Medical Center Israel, Section of Pediatric Cardiology (Israel)


    Purpose: Congenital portosystemic shunts (CPSS) with portal venous hypoplasia cause hyperammonemia. Acute shunt closure results in portal hypertension. A transcatheter method of staged shunt reduction to afford growth of portal vessels followed by shunt closure is reported. Methods: Pressure measurements and angiography in the CPSS or superior mesenteric artery (SMA) during temporary occlusion of the shunt were performed. If vessels were diminutive and the pressure was above 18 mmHg, a staged approach was performed, which included implantation of a tailored reducing stent to reduce shunt diameter by {approx}50 %. Recatheterization was performed approximately 3 months later. If the portal pressure was below 18 mmHg and vessels had developed, the shunt was closed with a device. Results: Six patients (5 boys, 1 girl) with a median age of 3.3 (range 0.5-13) years had CPSS portal venous hypoplasia and hyperammonemia. Five patients underwent staged closure. One patient tolerated acute closure. One patient required surgical shunt banding because a reducing stent could not be positioned. At median follow-up of 3.8 (range 2.2-8.4) years, a total of 21 procedures (20 transcatheter, 1 surgical) were performed. In all patients, the shunt was closed with a significant reduction in portal pressure (27.7 {+-} 11.3 to 10.8 {+-} 1.8 mmHg; p = 0.016), significant growth of the portal vessels (0.8 {+-} 0.5 to 4.0 {+-} 2.4 mm; p = 0.037), and normalization of ammonia levels (202.1 {+-} 53.6 to 65.7 {+-} 9.6 {mu}mol/L; p = 0.002) with no complications. Conclusion: Staged CPSS closure is effective in causing portal vessel growth and treating hyperammonemia.

  14. Fibrous capsule formation of the peritoneal catheter tip in ventriculoperitoneal shunt: Two case reports

    Tomoaki Kano


    Full Text Available Background: A fibrous capsule formation of a peritoneal catheter tip has not previously been researched as a complication of ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunts. Case Description: Two adult patients who had undergone a VP shunt for communicative hydrocephalus following subarachnoid hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm have been identified with malfunction of the VP shunt system by mild disturbance of consciousness and gait disturbance or loss of appetite. Hydrocephalus was diagnosed by computed tomography and the obstruction of the peritoneal catheter was revealed by shuntgraphy. Laparoscopy was performed and the peritoneal catheter tips were obstructed by fibrous white capsules that covered them. One was a thin membranous capsule like a stocking with two small endoluminal granulomas of the peritoneal catheter, and other one was a fibrous glossy white capsule like a sock. These fibrous capsules were excised by laparoscopy forceps without the conversion to a new peritoneal catheter. Following the procedure, the shunt functioned normally. The pathological diagnoses were peritoneum with foreign body reaction or hyalinization of membranous tissue surrounded by fibrous tissue. Conclusion: These fibrous capsules might be formed by the peritoneal reaction to cerebrospinal fluid as a foreign material. As such, a periodic medical check should be scheduled since a fibrous capsule of the peritoneal catheter tip might be formed again.

  15. 采用分流管调整术治疗急性进展的正常颅压脑积水的初步研究%A Preliminary Study for the Treatment of Acute Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus by Shunting Adjustment

    李雄; 赵奇煌; 李锦平


    Objective: Preliminary studies on acute normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Methods:Retrospectively analysis patients data Beijing Chaoyang Hospital between September 2010 to June 2013. eight cases were treated as acute progress NPH , Including 5 males and 3 females, aged 57 to 74 years, mean 65.3 years. All patients were diagnosed with hydrocephalus, six cases were diagnosed with NPH pre-admission, 2 Cases were diagnosed during admission. Patients before admission were undergone ventriculo-peritoneal shunt, of whom six were placed anti-siphon shunt systems regulatorly, two cases were placed normal adjustable shunt systems. Analysis of diagnosis and treatment were performed Results:8 cases of acute progressive NPH patients were performed shunt adjustment. patients were followed up from 3 to 30 months, symptoms were all improved, seven patients returned to normal, one patient was discharged with occasional incontinence and return to normal after follow-up 3 months. Conclusions:acute NPH progression patients who were poor response to pressure revision even to the lowest level , cerebrospinal fluid shunt adjustment surgery means safe and effective .%目的:对急性进展的正常颅压脑积水(NPH)患者的诊断及治疗进行初步研究。方法:回顾性分析2010年9月至2013年6月间北京朝阳医院神经外科收治的8例表现为急性进展NPH患者资料。其中男5例,女3例,年龄57~74岁,平均65.3岁。所有患者术前均诊断为脑积水,6例被诊断为NPH,2例治疗过程中诊断为NPH。患者入院前均行脑室腹腔分流术,其中6例放置可调压抗虹吸分流管,2例放置可调压分流管。分析诊断其要点及治疗经过。结果:8例急性进展NPH患者,行全麻下分流管调整术治疗,均成功救治,术后随访3~30月,患者症状均获得改善,7例患者恢复正常,1例患者出院时候偶有尿失禁,随访3月后恢复正常。结论:急性进展的NPH

  16. An Intra-Abdominal Pseudocyst around a Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt due to Streptococcus Infection 7 Years after Shunt Surgery

    Arata Tomiyama


    Full Text Available In 1999, a 50-year-old woman underwent ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt surgery for hydrocephalus after subarachnoid hemorrhage. She was hospitalized for fever and recurrent systemic seizures in November 2006. Head computed tomography (CT showed only old changes. The seizures and fever were controlled by medicinal therapy. However, in December, her consciousness level suddenly decreased, and she showed progressive lower abdominal distension. Head CT showed marked ventriculomegaly, and abdominal CT showed a giant cystic mass at the shunt-tube tip in the lower abdominal cavity. Because thick pus was aspirated from the intra-abdominal mass, we diagnosed the patient with acute obstructive hydrocephalus due to an infected abdominal pseudocyst. Laparotomy and direct cyst drainage were performed, and antibiotic therapy against Streptococcus, the causative pathogen, was administered. The VP shunt tube was replaced. The postoperative course was uneventful, and postoperative CT showed hydrocephalus improvement and no pseudocyst recurrence. Abdominal pseudocysts, which are rare after VP shunt surgeries, usually occur after the subacute postoperative course in younger cerebral hemorrhagic cases. Our case was quite rare because the cyst developed in the chronic phase in an older patient and was caused by streptococcal infection. The cyst components should be examined before cyst drainage when choosing surgical strategies.

  17. Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)

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  19. Asymptomatic perforation of large bowel and urinary bladder as a complication of ventriculoperitoneal shunt: Report of two cases

    Mihajlović Miljan


    Full Text Available Introduction. Insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt, the method of choice in the treatment of hydrocephalus, is often followed by various mechanical and/or infective complications. We present two children with asymptomatic perforation of the large bowel and urinary bladder, relatively rare and potentially severe complications of this surgical procedure. Outline of Cases. In both patients a VP shunt was implanted in the first month after birth; in a boy due to congenital hydrocephalus and in a girl due to the consequences of intracranial haemorrhage. Immediately after surgery, as well as during the further course, in both children growth and development were optimal and without any signs of infection or VP shunt malfunction. In the boy at age 6 months and in the girl at age 4 years, without any signs of complications, mothers noted the prominence of the VP shunt tip from the anus in the first case and from the urethral orifice in the second one. The VP shunts were immediately changed, so that both complications were resolved without any consequences. Conclusion. Insertion of a VP shunt represents the most frequent method of choice of the surgical treat- ment of hydrocephalus, but also potentially a highly risky procedure followed by various complications about which parents should be informed when patients are children. Owing to adequate approach in the follow-up of children with implanted VP shunt, large bowel and urinary bladder perforation, examples of severe and potentially fatal complications of this surgical intervention, could be disclosed on time and adequately resolved.

  20. Ventriculopleural shunting with new technology valves.

    Martínez-Lage, J F; Torres, J; Campillo, H; Sanchez-del-Rincón, I; Bueno, F; Zambudio, G; Poza, M


    Ventriculoperitoneal shunting constitutes the standard procedure for draining cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in children with hydrocephalus. Ventriculoatrial and ventriculopleural shunting are alternative methods of CSF drainage, which have gained less acceptance. Ventriculopleural shunts are seldom used owing to justified fears of pneumothorax and symptomatic effusions of CSF. The addition of an antisiphon device to standard shunt systems seems to have prevented CSF pleural effusion. From 1988 to 1998, we treated each of six hydrocephalic children with a ventriculopleural shunt. In five cases we used new-technology valves designed to prevent the effects of siphoning with current differential pressure valves. Peritoneal adhesions, recent peritonitis, ascites, and obstruction of a previous ventriculoatrial shunt were the indications for pleural shunting. After a mean follow-up period of 2.5 years all shunts were functioning adequately. Only one patient showed transient symptoms of CSF overdrainage, which were corrected by up-grading the valve setting with the magnet. A late death was unrelated to the pleural shunting procedure. The use of valves of a new design designed to prevent overdrainage seems to account for the satisfactory outcomes observed in this series. We suggest that ventriculopleural shunting should be considered as the preferred alternative to peritoneal drainage in children with intra-abdominal adhesions or with a history of recent peritoneal infection.

  1. Impact of External Ventricular Drainage Volumes on Shunt Dependency after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

    Hayek, Muhammad Ali; Roth, Christian; Kaestner, Stefanie; Deinsberger, Wolfgang


    Background The indication for and the timing of a permanent shunt operation in patients following acute hydrocephalus (HC) after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) remains controversial because risk factors for chronic HC fail to predict permanent shunt dependency. The amount of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drained via an external ventricular drain (EVD) may predict shunt dependency. Methods We conducted a retrospective study of our HC database from January 2006 to December 2011. All patients receiving an EVD due to acute HC after SAH were analyzed. The daily amount of drained CSF was documented until the EVD was removed or converted to a permanent shunt either immediately or during a follow-up period of 6 months. Results A total of 139 patients (48 male, 91 female; mean age: 57 ± 14 years) were eligible for the study. Mean duration of EVD was 16 ± 10 days (range: 4-60 days). A permanent shunt was necessary in 32% of cases (n = 45). The mean daily CSF volume was 139 ± 17 mL (range: 15-460 mL). Using repeated-measures analysis of variance, there was a significant difference of daily drained CSF volumes between both the groups in the first 15 days after the EVD. Conclusion Our results suggest that the daily amount of external CSF drainage volume in the acute state of SAH might influence the development of HC.

  2. Pediatric ventriculoperitoneal shunts and their complications: An analysis

    Nitin Agarwal


    Conclusion: With this retrospective review of complications of VP shunts, age at initial shunt insertion and the interval between the age of initial shunt placement and onset of complications were the most important patient-related predictors of shunt failure. The different predominant etiological factors responsible for early and late shunt failure were infective and mechanical complications, respectively.

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  4. Identification of Safety System Malfunction Using Correlation Visualization

    Park, Suk Young; Heo, Gyun Young [Kyung Hee University, Yongin (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jung Taek [KAERI, Dajeon (Korea, Republic of)


    I and C systems should provide the reliable information particularly when an accident occurs and operators should also take action to mitigate the accident by identifying the cause of accident. However, incorrect information might be provided due to malfunction or failure of safety system caused by an accident. Accordingly, operators get confused and it made difficult for them to take appropriate actions. If they fail to grasp the exact information of progress then it might lead to spread of accident. Thus, we propose the idea that enables to identify safety system malfunctions or failures in such environment impossible to guarantee of safety system. For identifying the malfunctions or failures of a safety system, the correlation visualization which shows linear relationship between parameters is performed. The correlation visualization results show different images with various scenarios, so it determines which system has problem to operate. Therefore we can identify the safety system operability by the comparison of the correlation visualization results. Furthermore, we can determine specifically which parameter shows abnormal signal using correlation visualization after identifying the operability of safety system. The methodology can determine the situation by viewing the overall signals and include the result robustly though incorrect signal input to the indictor. Proposed methodology is demonstrated through case study by specifying SBLOCA as an initiating event that is judged greater contribution of severe accident. Various accident data are obtained according to operability of safety system and confirmed a feasibility of idea by applying to case study. Overall reliability of I and C system can be improved using suggested methodology. As a result, this research can be helpful in accident response and management if safety system malfunctioned when an accident occurred.

  5. A wireless monitoring system for Hydrocephalus shunts.

    Narayanaswamy, A; Nourani, M; Tamil, L; Bianco, S


    Patients with Hydrocephalus are usually treated by diverting the excess Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) to other parts of the body using shunts. More than 40 percentage of shunts implanted fail within the first two years. Obstruction in the shunts is one of the major causes of failure (45 percent) and the detection of obstruction reduces the complexity of the revision surgery. This paper describes a proposed wireless monitoring system for clog detection and flow measurement in shunts. A prototype was built using multiple pressure sensors along the shunt catheters for sensing the location of clog and flow rate. Regular monitoring of flow rates can be used to adjust the valve in the shunt to prevent over drainage or under drainage of CSF. The accuracy of the flow measurement is more than 90 percent.

  6. Subacute bacterial endocarditis and subsequent shunt nephritis from ventriculoatrial shunting 14 years after shunt implantation

    Burström, Gustav; Andresen, Morten; Bartek, Jiri Jr.


    Fourteen years after shunt implantation, a 26-year-old patient with myelomeningocele, concomitant hydrocephalus and a ventriculoatrial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunt presented with brief but recurrent episodes of fever predominantly when taking showers or during physical exertion. After 4 years...

  7. Right Lower Quadrant Abdominal Pain in a Patient with Prior Ventriculoperitoneal Shunting: Consider the Tip!

    Petros Charalampoudis


    Full Text Available Introduction. Ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunting is the treatment of choice for nonobstructive hydrocephalus. In patients with such a device, right lower quadrant abdominal pain can puzzle the surgeon, posing a differential diagnostic problem among appendicitis, nonsurgical colicky pain, and primary shunt catheter tip infection. Treatment is different in either case. Presentation of Case. We hereby present a case of a young woman with prior ventriculoperitoneal shunt positioning who presented to our department with right lower quadrant abdominal pain. The patient underwent a 24-hour observation including a neurosurgery consult in order to exclude acute appendicitis and VP shunt tip infection. Twenty four hours later, the patient’s symptomatology improved, and she was discharged with the diagnosis of atypical colicky abdominal pain seeking a gastroenterologist consult. Discussion. This case supports that when a patient with prior VP shunting presents with right lower quadrant abdominal pain, differential diagnosis can be tricky for the surgeon. Conclusion. Apart from acute appendicitis, primary or secondary VP catheter tip infection must be considered because the latter can be disastrous.

  8. Malfunctioning central venous catheters in children: a diagnostic approach

    Barnacle, Alex; Arthurs, Owen J.; Roebuck, Derek; Hiorns, Melanie P. [Great Ormond Street Hospital, Radiology Department, London (United Kingdom)


    Central venous access is increasingly becoming the domain of the radiologist, both in terms of the insertion of central venous catheters (CVCs) and in the subsequent management of these lines. This article seeks to provide an overview of the CVC types available for paediatric patients and a more detailed explanation of the spectrum of complications that may lead to catheter malfunction. A standard catheter contrast study or 'linogram' technique is described. The normal appearances of such a study and a detailed pictorial review of abnormal catheter studies are provided, together with a brief overview of how information from catheter investigations can guide the management of catheter complications. (orig.)

  9. Congenital Portosystemic Shunt: Our Experience

    Tiziana Timpanaro


    Full Text Available Introduction. Congenital portosystemic venous malformations are rare abnormalities in which the portal blood drains into a systemic vein and which are characterized by extreme clinical variability. Case Presentations. The authors present two case reports of a congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunt (Type II. In the first patient, apparently nonspecific symptoms, such as headache and fatigue, proved to be secondary to hypoglycemic episodes related to the presence of a portosystemic shunt, later confirmed on imaging. During portal vein angiography, endovascular embolization of the portocaval fistula achieved occlusion of the anomalous venous tract. In the second patient, affected by Down’s syndrome, the diagnosis of a portosystemic malformation was made by routine ultrasonography, performed to rule out concurrent congenital anomalies. Because of the absence of symptoms, we chose to observe this patient. Conclusions. These two case reports demonstrate the clinical heterogeneity of this malformation and the need for a multidisciplinary approach. As part of a proper workup, clinical evaluation must always be followed by radiographic diagnosis.

  10. Malfunction analysis of OPGW of stainless steel-unit structure

    李星梅; 张素芳; 王旭锋; 乞建勋


    Composite fiber optic overhead ground wire (OPGW) is increasingly applied in China’s overhead transmission lines. The stainless steel structure is adopted by most OPGWs as it is very small and easy to match the existing ground wire. The malfunction of OPGW in Beijing-Shanghai Optical Communication Project was analyzed through the chemical composition method and spectrum semi-quantitative method. The analysis indicates that the cable fault was due to the failure of seepage and irregular holes in the steel pipe of the optical unit. The rain water and the watery air entered into the optical units, and the water in turn became ice when temperature dropped. The occurrence of ice led to the acceleration of attenuation of the fiber. The results show that the rupture of stainless steel tube is mainly due to the instability of welding technique. The malfunction of OPGW is due to the local defects of welding seam because of local stress concentration in the manufacturing process.

  11. Simulation of Malfunctions for the ISS Double-Gimbal Control Moment Gyroscope

    Inampudi, Ravi; Gordeuk, John


    This paper presents a simplified approach to simulation of malfunctions of the Control Moment Gyroscope (CMG) on board the International Space Station (ISS). These malfunctions will be used as part of flight training of CMG failure scenarios in the guidance navigation control (GNC) subsystem of the Training Systems for 21st Century (TS21) simulator. The CMG malfunctions are grouped under mechanical, thermal and electrical categories. A malfunction can be as simple as one which only affects the telemetry or a complex one that changes the state and behavior of the CMG model. In both cases, the ISS GNC flight software will read the telemetry and respond accordingly. The user executes these malfunctions by supplying conditional data which modify internal model states and then elicit a response as seen on the user displays. Ground operators and crew on board the ISS use CMG malfunction procedures to better understand and respond to anomalies observed within the CMG subsystem.

  12. Preoperative shunts in thalamic tumours.

    Goel A


    Full Text Available Thirty one patients with thalamic glioma underwent a pre-tumour resection shunt surgery. The procedure was uneventful in 23 patients with relief from symptoms of increased intracranial pressure. Eight patients worsened after the procedure. The level of sensorium worsened from excessively drowsy state to unconsciousness in seven patients. Three patients developed hemiparesis, 4 developed paresis of extra-ocular muscles and altered pupillary reflexes, and 1 developed incontinence of urine and persistent vomiting. Alteration in the delicately balanced intracranial pressure and movements in the tumour and vital adjacent brain areas could be the probable cause of the worsening in the neurological state in these 8 patients. On the basis of these observations and on review of literature, it is postulated that the ventricular dilatation following an obstruction in the path of the cerebrospinal fluid flow by a tumour could be a natural defense phenomenon of the brain.

  13. Vascular Shunts in Civilian Trauma

    Abou Ali, Adham N.; Salem, Karim M.; Alarcon, Louis H.; Bauza, Graciela; Pikoulis, Emmanuel; Chaer, Rabih A.; Avgerinos, Efthymios D.


    Experience with temporary intravascular shunts (TIVS) for vessel injury comes from the military sector and while the indications might be clear in geographically isolated and under resourced war zones, this may be an uncommon scenario in civilian trauma. Data supporting TIVS use in civilian trauma have been extrapolated from the military literature where it demonstrated improved life and limb salvage. Few non-comparative studies from the civilian literature have also revealed similar favorable outcomes. Still, TIVS placement in civilian vascular injuries is uncommon and by some debatable given the absence of clear indications for placement, the potential for TIVS-related complications, the widespread resources for immediate and definitive vascular repair, and the need for curtailing costs and optimizing resources. This article reviews the current evidence and the role of TIVS in contemporary civilian trauma management. PMID:28775985

  14. CSF ascites : a rare complication of ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery.

    Chidambaram B


    Full Text Available CSF ascites is a very rare complication of ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt procedure. No definite explanation has been offered for the inability of the peritoneum to absorb the CSF. Two children who underwent VP shunting for hydrocephalus, presented with ascites 3 (1/2 years and 4 months respectively, after the shunt was placed. The treatment of choice is conversion of the VP shunt to a ventriculoatrial shunt.

  15. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension: lumboperitoneal shunts versus ventriculoperitoneal shunts--case series and literature review.

    Abubaker, Khalid


    OBJECTIVES: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is an uncommon but important cause of headache that can lead to visual loss. This study was undertaken to review our experience in the treatment of IIH by neuronavigation-assisted ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts with programmable valves as compared to lumboperitoneal (LP) shunts. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted on 25 patients treated for IIH between 2001 and 2009. Age, sex, clinical presentation, methods of treatment and failure rates were recorded. RESULTS: Seventy-two per cent were treated initially with LP shunts. Failure rate was 11% in this group. Neuronavigation-assisted VP shunts were used to treat 28%. In this group, the failure rate was 14%. CONCLUSION: Our experience indicates that both LP shunts and VP shuts are effective in controlling all the clinical manifestations of IIH in the immediate postoperative period. Failure rates are slightly higher for VP shunts (14%) than LP shunts (11%). However, revision rates are higher with LP shunts (60%) than with VP shunts (30%).

  16. Delayed diagnosis of shunt overdrainage following functional hemispherotomy and ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement in a hemimegalencephaly patient

    Yasunori Nagahama


    Full Text Available Shunt overdrainage represents a nebulous condition of variable clinical and imaging presentations, where the diagnosis is primarily clinical. The condition presents a diagnostic challenge particularly in patients with cognitive impairment and developmental delays. Here we present a 3-year-old boy with drug-resistant focal onset seizures due to hemimegalencephaly who previously underwent functional hemispherotomy followed by ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement for postoperative hydrocephalus. The subsequent clinical course was complicated by delayed diagnosis of shunt overdrainage in the absence of significant image findings. Maintaining a high index of suspicion for the possibility of shunt overdrainage is critical even in the face of unremarkable imaging findings.

  17. Delayed diagnosis of shunt overdrainage following functional hemispherotomy and ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement in a hemimegalencephaly patient.

    Nagahama, Yasunori; Peters, David; Kumonda, Sho; Vesole, Adam; Joshi, Charuta; J Dlouhy, Brian; Kawasaki, Hiroto


    Shunt overdrainage represents a nebulous condition of variable clinical and imaging presentations, where the diagnosis is primarily clinical. The condition presents a diagnostic challenge particularly in patients with cognitive impairment and developmental delays. Here we present a 3-year-old boy with drug-resistant focal onset seizures due to hemimegalencephaly who previously underwent functional hemispherotomy followed by ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement for postoperative hydrocephalus. The subsequent clinical course was complicated by delayed diagnosis of shunt overdrainage in the absence of significant image findings. Maintaining a high index of suspicion for the possibility of shunt overdrainage is critical even in the face of unremarkable imaging findings.

  18. Congenital portosystemic shunts with and without gastrointestinal bleeding - case series

    Gong, Ying; Chen, Jun; Chen, Qi; Ji, Min; Pa, Mier; Qiao, Zhongwei [Children' s Hospital of Fudan University, Department of Radiology, Shanghai (China); Zhu, Hui [Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Department of Radiology, Shanghai (China); Zheng, Shan [Children' s Hospital of Fudan University, Department of Surgery, Shanghai (China)


    The clinical presentation of congenital portosystemic shunt is variable and gastrointestinal bleeding is an uncommon presentation. To describe the imaging features of congenital portosystemic shunt as it presented in 11 children with (n = 6) and without gastrointestinal bleeding (n = 5). We performed a retrospective study on a clinical and imaging dataset of 11 children diagnosed with congenital portosystemic shunt. A total of 11 children with congenital portosystemic shunt were included in this study, 7 with extrahepatic portosystemic shunts and 4 with intrahepatic portosystemic shunts. Six patients with gastrointestinal bleeding had an extrahepatic portosystemic shunt, and the imaging results showed that the shunts originated from the splenomesenteric junction (n = 5) or splenic vein (n = 1) and connected to the internal iliac vein. Among the five cases of congenital portosystemic shunt without gastrointestinal bleeding, one case was an extrahepatic portosystemic shunt and the other four were intrahepatic portosystemic shunts. Most congenital portosystemic shunt patients with gastrointestinal bleeding had a shunt that drained portal blood into the iliac vein via an inferior mesenteric vein. This type of shunt was uncommon, but the concomitant rate of gastrointestinal bleeding with this type of shunt was high. (orig.)

  19. Resonant Electromagnetic Shunt Damping of Flexible Structures

    Høgsberg, Jan Becker


    Electromagnetic transducers convert mechanical energy to electrical energy and vice versa. Effective passive vibration damping of flexible structures can therefore be introduced by shunting with an accurately calibrated resonant electrical network thatcontains a capacitor to create the desired...

  20. Temporary intravascular shunts for peripheral vascular trauma.

    Husain A


    Full Text Available Polyvinylchloride (PVC disposable endotracheal suction catheters were successfully used as temporary intravascular shunts in 5 patients of popliteal artery trauma. These simple shunts should be used routinely in such conditions to immediately re-establish blood supply to the ischaemic limb particularly in patients of polytrauma where systemic anticoagulation is contraindicated. This avoids the inherent delay prior to vascular repair and reduces the incidence of irreversible ischemia.

  1. Syringoperitoneal shunt - a promising treatment in syringomyelia

    Wester, K.; Midgard, R.; Kjosavik, I.F.


    Five patients with radiologically relatively pronounced multicystic syringomyelia were operated with an open, non-valved syringoperitoneal shunt. In the postoperative MRI scans there was an immediate and pronounced reduction of all cystic compartments, and within a few months the cysts had virtually disappeared. Two of the patients experienced marked neurological improvement. In one patient the shunt procedure led to additional moderate neurological deficits caused by postoperative rotation of the intrameduallary T-drain. For this reason straight intramedullary drains are now used.

  2. Cell shunt resistance and photovoltaic module performance

    McMahon, T.J.; Basso, T.S.; Rummel, S.R. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)


    Shunt resistance of cells in photovoltaic modules can affect module power output and could indicate flawed manufacturing processes and reliability problems. The authors describe a two-terminal diagnostic method to directly measure the shunt resistance of individual cells in a series-connected module non-intrusively, without deencapsulation. Peak power efficiency vs. light intensity was measured on a 12-cell, series-connected, single crystalline module having relatively high cell shunt resistances. The module was remeasured with 0.5-, 1-, and 2-ohm resistors attached across each cell to simulate shunt resistances of several emerging technologies. Peak power efficiencies decreased dramatically at lower light levels. Using the PSpice circuit simulator, the authors verified that cell shunt and series resistances can indeed be responsible for the observed peak power efficiency vs. intensity behavior. The authors discuss the effect of basic cell diode parameters, i.e., shunt resistance, series resistance, and recombination losses, on PV module performance as a function of light intensity.

  3. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt in cryptococcal meningitis with hydrocephalus.

    Tang, L M


    Fourteen patients with cryptococcal meningitis were reviewed. All patients had a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for hydrocephalus. Early recognitions and prompt relief of hydrocephalus were useful for eight patients who showed rapid deterioration of consciousness or signs of cerebral herniation. There was no surgical response in four patients who had had weeks of confusion or mental change. It seems, therefore, that the duration of disturbance of consciousness or change of mentality before shunting is critical in determination of the outcome of the treatment. Ventricular shunting was effective in relieving papilledema in five patients. However, the surgery did not prevent the development of papilledema to optic atrophy and subsequent blindness in two patients. Hence, in addition to hydrocephalus with increased intracranial pressure, conditions such as direct invasion of the optic pathways by Cryptococcus neoformans or optochiasmatic arachnoiditis may be responsible for the visual failure. Ventricular shunting was also helpful in restoring paraparesis in one patient. Of the cerebrospinal fluid determinations, low protein concentration was a favorable indicator for surgery. Of the seven patients who received the surgical procedure before the start of antifungal therapy, four showed a significant improvement despite active infection of the central nervous system. None of the seven patients deteriorated because of the surgical operation. Thus, active stage of cryptococcal meningitis does not contraindicate the necessity of shunting, and premedication with antifungal drugs is unnecessary. Also, no shunt-related morbidity and mortality was seen in this study.

  4. Comparative study of lumboperitoneal shunt versus ventriculoperitoneal shunt in post meningitis communicating hydrocephalus in children

    Amit Singh


    Full Text Available Background: Managing post meningitis hydrocephalus in children is a herculean task for the treating pediatric surgeon or neurosurgeon because of the morbidity associated with the disease per se and the complications of shunt surgery. By this study, the effectiveness of lumboperitoneal (LP shunt and ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt in cases of post meningitis communicating hydrocephalus was assessed in children. Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective analysis of the records of children admitted in our institute between December 2005 and March 2008. Only children with post meningitis communicating hydrocephalus who underwent either LP or VP with a minimum follow-up period of 36 months were included in the study. Children with non-communicating hydrocephalus or hydrocephalus due to another etiology were excluded. Investigations were included plain brain computed tomography scan, air encephalography and X-ray skull. Medium pressure Chabbra shunt with slit valves was used in all cases of VP and LP shunt. A comparative analysis of the outcome was carried out between the two groups. Results: There were 66 males and 24 females (M: F 2.7:1. The average age at presentation was 40.3 months. LP shunt was performed in 37 while VP shunt in 53 cases Complication rate in the LP and VP shunt was 15% and 29% respectively with non-obstructed complications higher in VP group when compared to LP group. Obstructed complication rate was similar in both groups. Conclusion: Due to less morbidity and ease of placement, LP shunt can be an alternative to VP shunt in cases of communicating hydrocephalus in children, which has more non-obstructed complication rates as compared to LP shunt.

  5. Malfunction of the inner ear is the most frequent cause of dizziness

    Klokker, Mads; Vesterhauge, Søren


    Half of all dizziness patients suffer from a malfunction of the inner ear and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo causes 25-30% of these malfunctions. During the latest two decades new vestibular test equipment has been developed and has made it possible to refine the vestibular diagnoses...

  6. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension: lumboperitoneal shunts versus ventriculoperitoneal shunts--case series and literature review.

    Abubaker, Khalid


    Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is an uncommon but important cause of headache that can lead to visual loss. This study was undertaken to review our experience in the treatment of IIH by neuronavigation-assisted ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts with programmable valves as compared to lumboperitoneal (LP) shunts.

  7. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt migration and coiling: A report of two cases

    Shahram Shahsavaran


    Full Text Available Migration of the proximal and distal catheters of the ventriculoperitoneal shunt is a very rare event. Here, we report two infants with hydrocephalus and ventriculoperitoneal shunt who presented later with shunt coiling and migration. The first infant was admitted with scalp swelling around proximal incision 3 months after shunt insertion and migration and coiling of both ventricular and peritoneal catheters occurred under the scalp at that point. The second patient was referred 1 month after shunting with tense fontanel and vomiting. New brain imaging confirmed the whole shunt inside both lateral ventricles. The possible mechanisms causing this very uncommon complication and the management are explained.

  8. Noncavernous arteriovenous shunts mimicking carotid cavernous fistulae

    Kobkitsuksakul, Chai; Jiarakongmun, Pakorn; Chanthanaphak, Ekachat; Singhara Na Ayudya, Sirintara (Pongpech)


    PURPOSE The classic symptoms and signs of carotid cavernous sinus fistula or cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistula (AVF) consist of eye redness, exophthalmos, and gaze abnormality. The angiography findings typically consist of arteriovenous shunt at cavernous sinus with ophthalmic venous drainage with or without cortical venous reflux. In rare circumstances, the shunts are localized outside the cavernous sinus, but mimic symptoms and radiography of the cavernous shunt. We would like to present the other locations of the arteriovenous shunt, which mimic the clinical presentation of carotid cavernous fistulae, and analyze venous drainages. METHODS We retrospectively examined the records of 350 patients who were given provisional diagnoses of carotid cavernous sinus fistulae or cavernous sinus dural AVF in the division of Interventional Neuroradiology, Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok between 2008 and 2014. Any patient with cavernous arteriovenous shunt was excluded. RESULTS Of those 350 patients, 10 patients (2.85%) were identified as having noncavernous sinus AVF. The angiographic diagnoses consisted of three anterior condylar (hypoglossal) dural AVF, two traumatic middle meningeal AVF, one lesser sphenoid wing dural AVF, one vertebro-vertebral fistula (VVF), one intraorbital AVF, one direct dural artery to cortical vein dural AVF, and one transverse-sigmoid dural AVF. Six cases (60%) were found to have venous efferent obstruction. CONCLUSION Arteriovenous shunts mimicking the cavernous AVF are rare, with a prevalence of only 2.85% in this series. The clinical presentation mainly depends on venous outflow. The venous outlet of the arteriovenous shunts is influenced by venous afferent-efferent patterns according to the venous anatomy of the central nervous system and the skull base, as well as by architectural disturbance, specifically, obstruction of the venous outflow. PMID:27767958

  9. Connecting Malfunctioning Glial Cells and Brain Degenerative Disorders

    Natalie Kaminsky; Ofer Bihari; Sivan Kanner; Ari Barzilai


    The DNA damage response (DDR) is a complex biological system activated by different types of DNA damage. Mutations in certain components of the DDR machinery can lead to geno-mic instability disorders that culminate in tissue degeneration, premature aging, and various types of cancers. Intriguingly, malfunctioning DDR plays a role in the etiology of late onset brain degener-ative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s diseases. For many years, brain degenerative disorders were thought to result from aberrant neural death. Here we discuss the evi-dence that supports our novel hypothesis that brain degenerative diseases involve dysfunction of glial cells (astrocytes, microglia, and oligodendrocytes). Impairment in the functionality of glial cells results in pathological neuro-glial interactions that, in turn, generate a‘‘hostile”environment that impairs the functionality of neuronal cells. These events can lead to systematic neural demise on a scale that appears to be proportional to the severity of the neurological deficit.

  10. Connecting Malfunctioning Glial Cells and Brain Degenerative Disorders

    Natalie Kaminsky


    Full Text Available The DNA damage response (DDR is a complex biological system activated by different types of DNA damage. Mutations in certain components of the DDR machinery can lead to genomic instability disorders that culminate in tissue degeneration, premature aging, and various types of cancers. Intriguingly, malfunctioning DDR plays a role in the etiology of late onset brain degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s diseases. For many years, brain degenerative disorders were thought to result from aberrant neural death. Here we discuss the evidence that supports our novel hypothesis that brain degenerative diseases involve dysfunction of glial cells (astrocytes, microglia, and oligodendrocytes. Impairment in the functionality of glial cells results in pathological neuro-glial interactions that, in turn, generate a “hostile” environment that impairs the functionality of neuronal cells. These events can lead to systematic neural demise on a scale that appears to be proportional to the severity of the neurological deficit.

  11. Defective Homocysteine Metabolism: Potential Implications for Skeletal Muscle Malfunction

    Suresh C. Tyagi


    Full Text Available Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy is a systemic medical condition and has been attributed to multi-organ pathologies. Genetic, nutritional, hormonal, age and gender differences are involved in abnormal homocysteine (Hcy metabolism that produces HHcy. Homocysteine is an intermediate for many key processes such as cellular methylation and cellular antioxidant potential and imbalances in Hcy production and/or catabolism impacts gene expression and cell signaling including GPCR signaling. Furthermore, HHcy might damage the vagus nerve and superior cervical ganglion and affects various GPCR functions; therefore it can impair both the parasympathetic and sympathetic regulation in the blood vessels of skeletal muscle and affect long-term muscle function. Understanding cellular targets of Hcy during HHcy in different contexts and its role either as a primary risk factor or as an aggravator of certain disease conditions would provide better interventions. In this review we have provided recent Hcy mediated mechanistic insights into different diseases and presented potential implications in the context of reduced muscle function and integrity. Overall, the impact of HHcy in various skeletal muscle malfunctions is underappreciated; future studies in this area will provide deeper insights and improve our understanding of the association between HHcy and diminished physical function.

  12. Ares I-X Malfunction Turn Range Safety Analysis

    Beaty, J. R.


    Ares I-X was the designation given to the flight test version of the Ares I rocket which was developed by NASA (also known as the Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) component of the Constellation Program). The Ares I-X flight test vehicle achieved a successful flight test on October 28, 2009, from Pad LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center, Florida (KSC). As part of the flight plan approval for the test vehicle, a range safety malfunction turn analysis was performed to support the risk assessment and vehicle destruct criteria development processes. Several vehicle failure scenarios were identified which could have caused the vehicle trajectory to deviate from its normal flight path. The effects of these failures were evaluated with an Ares I-X 6 degrees-of-freedom (6-DOF) digital simulation, using the Program to Optimize Simulated Trajectories Version II (POST2) simulation tool. The Ares I-X simulation analysis provided output files containing vehicle trajectory state information. These were used by other risk assessment and vehicle debris trajectory simulation tools to determine the risk to personnel and facilities in the vicinity of the launch area at KSC, and to develop the vehicle destruct criteria used by the flight test range safety officer in the event of a flight test anomaly of the vehicle. The simulation analysis approach used for this study is described, including descriptions of the failure modes which were considered and the underlying assumptions and ground rules of the study.

  13. Simulation model for port shunting yards

    Rusca, A.; Popa, M.; Rosca, E.; Rosca, M.; Dragu, V.; Rusca, F.


    Sea ports are important nodes in the supply chain, joining two high capacity transport modes: rail and maritime transport. The huge cargo flows transiting port requires high capacity construction and installation such as berths, large capacity cranes, respectively shunting yards. However, the port shunting yards specificity raises several problems such as: limited access since these are terminus stations for rail network, the in-output of large transit flows of cargo relatively to the scarcity of the departure/arrival of a ship, as well as limited land availability for implementing solutions to serve these flows. It is necessary to identify technological solutions that lead to an answer to these problems. The paper proposed a simulation model developed with ARENA computer simulation software suitable for shunting yards which serve sea ports with access to the rail network. Are investigates the principal aspects of shunting yards and adequate measures to increase their transit capacity. The operation capacity for shunting yards sub-system is assessed taking in consideration the required operating standards and the measure of performance (e.g. waiting time for freight wagons, number of railway line in station, storage area, etc.) of the railway station are computed. The conclusion and results, drawn from simulation, help transports and logistics specialists to test the proposals for improving the port management.

  14. Malfunction Rates of Bird Flight Diverters on Powerlines in the Mongolian Gobi

    Batsuuri Dashnyam


    Full Text Available The Oyu Tolgoi (OT project, one of the world’s largest copper and gold mines, is located in Gobi Desert of Mongolia. To help meet its target of Net Positive Impact on key biodiversity features such as the Houbara bustard (Chlamydotis undulata the OT installed bird fl ight diverters (BFDs include spiral and fl apper devices to its power transmission lines to reduce the risk of birds hitting the wires. Despite the many studies demonstrating that BFDs reduce collision rates, we could fi nd no published information on malfunction rates of BFDs. In January 2013, we surveyed the physical function of 1,200 BFDs (e.g. 600 fl appers and 600 spirals in three sample areas on each of four lines of varying voltage and structure. Of the 600 fl appers examined, 123 had malfunctioned within nine months of installation, while the malfunction rate of the 600 spirals studied was zero. Using a Generalized Linear Mixed Model, we found that the rate of fl apper malfunction increased with decreasing fl apper size and power line diameter. Further, the fl apper malfunction rate increased as the distance between poles increased. The cost of replacing malfunctioning BFDs is very high as there are serious health and safety constraints related to working with live wires. Factors aff ecting diverter malfunctioning need to be considered for future powerline projects and our information can serve as basis for developing national standards or regulations for powerline mitigation in Mongolia.

  15. [Temporary vascular shunt technique for resource scarce environments].

    Ouattara, N; Mlynski, A; Pierret, C


    The purpose of this report is to describe a simple and reproducible technique for temporary vascular shunting. This technique is appropriate only for exceptional situations involving scant resource availability. It is not intended to replace conventional vascular shunting techniques.

  16. Shunt Active Filter in Damping Harmonics Propagation



    Full Text Available This paper deals with a hybrid shunt active power filter applied on 500 kV HVDC, after a description of the causes and effects harmonic pollution which may damage equipments and interrupt electric power customers service; in this paper we present the deferent solutions of this problem among one has to study the two most recent types of filtering: passive and hybrid filter. The hybrid filter consists of active filter connected in shunt with passive filter. The hybrid shunt active filter proposed is based on three levels PWM inverter and characterized by detecting the harmonic current flowing into the passive filter and controlled by notch algorithm. This structure has been applied on a test HVDC power system, is presented as a technical solution makes it possible to eliminate the disadvantages from passive filtering, and also economic price of active filtering part. The simulation results justified the effectiveness of this type of filter face of the classic passive filter.

  17. Delayed Intracerebral Hemorrhage Secondary to Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt

    Ma, Li; Chen, Yi-Li; Yang, Shu-Xu; Wang, Yi-Rong


    Abstract The ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt is a routine procedure for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) diversion, and is associated with many complications. A delayed hemorrhage after the VP shunt surgery, however, is quite rare. In this study, we report a case involving late-onset hemorrhage. The 67-year-old male patient with a history of head trauma and brain surgery underwent a VP shunt placement for hydrocephalus. The surgery course was uneventful and no bleeding was revealed in the first computed tomographic (CT) scan after the procedure. However, a massive intraparenchymal and intraventricular hemorrhage occurred 8 h following adjustment of the valve system on the 8th day after surgery. Erosion of the vasculature by catheter cannulation and a sudden reduction of CSF pressure after downregulation of the valve could be one of the possible causes of the intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). PMID:26632700

  18. Delayed otogenic pneumocephalus complicating ventriculoperitoneal shunt

    Francesco Pieri


    Full Text Available Tension pneumocephalus complicating ventriculoperitoneal shunt is extremely rare. We report an elderly male who developed delayed tension pneumocephalus 12 months after ventriculoperitoneal shunt for hydrocephalus complicating aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Fine-cut reformatted computer tomography scan revealed a large pneumatocele on the petrous apex associated with tegmen tympani defect. The shunt valve pressure was temporarily raised from 120 mm H 2 O to 200 mm H 2 O, and the patient underwent successful subtemporal extradural repair of the bony defect in the temporal bone. Although extremely rare, otogenic tension pneumocephalus is a potentially life-threatening condition, and urgent surgical repair of the bony defect in the temporal bone reduces the risk of both the morbidity and mortality.

  19. Ventricular shunt infections: Immunopathogenesis and clinical management

    Gutierrez-Murgas, Yenis; Snowden, Jessica N.


    Ventricular shunts are the most common neurosurgical procedure performed in the United States. This hydrocephalus treatment is often complicated by infection of the device with biofilm-forming bacteria. In this review, we discuss the pathogenesis of shunt infection, as well as the implications of the biofilm formation on treatment and prevention of these infections. Many questions remain, including the contribution of glia and the impact of inflammation on developmental outcomes following infection. Immune responses within the CNS must be carefully regulated to contain infection while minimizing bystander damage; further study is needed to design optimal treatment strategies for these patients. PMID:25156073

  20. Distal splenorenal shunt with partial spleen resection

    Gajin Predrag


    Full Text Available Introduction: Hypersplenism is a common complication of portal hypertension. Cytopenia in hypersplenism is predominantly caused by splenomegaly. Distal splenorenal shunt (Warren with partial spleen resection is an original surgical technique that regulates cytopenia by reduction of the enlarged spleen. Objective. The aim of our study was to present the advantages of distal splenorenal shunt (Warren with partial spleen resection comparing morbidity and mortality in a group of patients treated by distal splenorenal shunt with partial spleen resection with a group of patients treated only by a distal splenorenal shunt. Method. From 1995 to 2003, 41 patients with portal hypertension were surgically treated due to hypersplenism and oesophageal varices. The first group consisted of 20 patients (11 male, mean age 42.3 years who were treated by distal splenorenal shunt with partial spleen resection. The second group consisted of 21 patients (13 male, mean age 49.4 years that were treated by distal splenorenal shunt only. All patients underwent endoscopy and assessment of oesophageal varices. The size of the spleen was evaluated by ultrasound, CT or by scintigraphy. Angiography was performed in all patients. The platelet and white blood cell count and haemoglobin level were registered. Postoperatively, we noted blood transfusion, complications and total hospital stay. Follow-up period was 12 months, with first checkup after one month. Results In the first group, only one patient had splenomegaly postoperatively (5%, while in the second group there were 13 patients with splenomegaly (68%. Before surgery, the mean platelet count in the first group was 51.6±18.3x109/l, to 118.6±25.4x109/l postoperatively. The mean platelet count in the second group was 67.6±22.8x109/l, to 87.8±32.1x109/l postoperatively. Concerning postoperative splenomegaly, statistically significant difference was noted between the first and the second group (p<0.05. Comparing the

  1. Round worm migration along ventriculoperitoneal shunt tract: a rare complication.

    Agarwal P


    Full Text Available Though a ventriculoperitoneal shunt has been associated with myriads of unusual complications, so has been that with roundworms. A case of a three-year-old boy is presented who had an unusual complication of roundworm migration along the shunt tract that presented as shunt tract infection.

  2. Therapeutic Characteristic of Acute Myocardial Infarction Complicated by Syndrome of Multi-organ Malfunction with Traditional Chinese Medicine%急性心肌梗死并发多脏器功能失常综合征的中医证治特点



    急性心肌梗死(acute myocardial infarction,AMI)并发多脏器功能失常综合征(multiple organ dysfunction syndrome,MODS)是AMI的危重症,治疗难度大,病死率高达36.9%,病死率与脏器衰竭数呈正相关。多系统功能衰竭(multiple organ failure,MSOF)患者80%合并弥漫性血管内凝血(disseminated intravascular coagulation,DIC),其病死率约为60%。大量、

  3. Value of PaO2/FiO2 in Reflecting the Intrapulmonary Shunting of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.%氧合指数对急性呼吸窘迫综合征肺内分流的判定价值

    胡伟航; 刘长文; 胡炜; 陆骏; 郑永科; 朱克毅; 朱英; 王剑荣


    Objective To study how did the accuracy of the oxygenation index ( PaO2/FiO2) reflecting the intrapulmonary shunting (Qsp/Qt) of acute respiratory distress syndrome reduce. Methods Twelve patients who had ARDS were recruited to the study. All required mechanical ventilation,which used lung ventilation protective strategy (Vt6ml/kg) ,and had a Swan - Canz catheter. Then, P - V curves were determined by low - flow method. Subsequently, the parameters of respiratory mechanics and haemodynamics and the blood gas analysis results of periphery and pulmonary artery blood samples were recorded when the conditions of positive end expiratory pressure changed. PaO2/FiO2 and Qsp/Qt were respectively calculated through special formula. Finialy, all data were progressed regression analysis. Results (T)There was linear correlation between Qsp/Qt and PaO2/FiO2, and the coefficient of determination ( R square) was 0.432 which was significantly smaller (P<0.01). ?The multiple regression equation of Qsp/Qt( % ) was y =56.542 -3.371x1 -0.056x2 + 0. 594x3 +2.84x4,in which x1was PaO2/FiO2 ,x2 was haemoglobin, x,was pulmonary wedge pressure, x4was cardiac index,and the adjusted R square was 0. 538(P < 0. 01) . Conclusion The accuracy of the intrapulmonary shunting of acute respiratory distress syndrome simply estimated by PaO2/FiO2 further dropped,because r2 was only 0.432 and Qsp/Qt was simultaneously affected by haemoglobin, pulmonary wedge pressure and cardiac index.%目的 Qt和PaO2/FiO2,对结果进行回归分析.结果 ①Qsp/Qt和PaO2/FiO2两者之间存在线性相关,但决定系数r2只有0.432,相关性偏小;②Qsp/Qt(%)的多元回归方程:y=56.542-3.371x1-0.056x2+0.594x3+2.84x4,x1为PaO2/FiO2,x2为Hgb,x,为PAWP,x4为CI,校正r2 =0.538,(P<0.01).结论 用PaO2/FiO2测算ARDS的Qsp/Qt精确度下降,决定系数r2只有0.432,Qsp/Qt除外PaO2/FiO2还受Hgb、肺动脉楔压(plumonary artery wedge pressure,PAWP)及心脏指数(cardiac index,CI)等影响.

  4. Laparoscopy versus mini-laparotomy peritoneal catheter insertion of ventriculoperitoneal shunts: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

    He, Mingliang; Ouyang, Leping; Wang, Shengwen; Zheng, Meiguang; Liu, Anmin


    OBJECTIVE Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt treatment is the main treatment method for hydrocephalus. The traditional operative approach for peritoneal catheter insertion is mini-laparotomy. In recent years, laparoscopy-assisted insertion has become increasingly popular. It seems likely that use of an endoscope could lower the incidence of shunt malfunction. However, there is no consensus about the benefits of laparoscopy-assisted peritoneal catheter insertion. METHODS A systematic search was performed using the PubMed, Embase, ScienceDirect, and Cochrane Library databases. A manual search for reference lists was conducted. The protocol was prepared according to the interventional systematic reviews of the Cochrane Handbook, and the article was written on the basis of the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis) guidelines. RESULTS Eleven observational trials and 2 randomized controlled trials were included. Seven operation-related outcome measures were analyzed, and 3 of these showed no difference between operative techniques. The results of the meta-analysis are as follows: in the laparoscopy group, the rate of distal shunt failure was lower (OR 0.41, 95% CI 0.25-0.67; p = 0.0003), the absolute effect is 7.11% for distal shunt failure, the number needed to treat is 14 (95% CI 8-23), operative time was shorter (mean difference [MD], -12.84; 95% CI -20.68 to -5.00; p = 0.001), and blood loss was less (MD -9.93, 95% CI -17.56 to -2.31; p = 0.01). In addition, a borderline statistically significant difference tending to laparoscopic technique was observed in terms of hospital stay (MD -1.77, 95% CI -3.67 to 0.13; p = 0.07). CONCLUSIONS To some extent, a laparoscopic insertion technique could yield a better prognosis, mainly because it is associated with a lower distal failure rate and shorter operative time, which would be clinically relevant.

  5. The research of the malfunction diagnosis and predictions system in the smart electric grid

    Wang, Yaqing; Zhang, Guoxing; Xu, Hongbing


    The Chinese smart electric grid constriction has been increasing with the technology development. However, the monitoring equipment and background system which should play important roles did not work as intended and restrict to the efficacy of the smart grid. In this essay, it has researched an intelligentized malfunction diagnosis and predictions system which could work with the existed monitoring equipment to function as whole energy monitoring, common malfunction diagnosis, faulted proactive judgment and automatically elimination.

  6. Malfunctions of robotic system in surgery: role and responsibility of surgeon in legal point of view

    Ferrarese Alessia


    Full Text Available Robotic surgery (RS technology has undergone rapid growth in the surgical field since its approval. In clinical practice, failure of robotic procedures mainly results from a surgeon’s inability or to a device malfunction. We reviewed the literature to estimate the impact of this second circumstance in RS and its consequent legal implications. According to data from the literature, device malfunction is rare. We believe it is necessary to complement surgical training with a technical understanding of RS devices.

  7. [Cerebrospinal fluid shunts for hydrocephalus and related disorders].

    Ito, Masaki; Houkin, Kiyohiro; Saito, Hisayasu; Shimbo, Daisuke; Motegi, Hiroaki; Kawabori, Masahito; Miyamoto, Michiyuki; Yamauchi, Tomohiro


    Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunts are commonly employed to treat patients with hydrocephalus. A large number of papers have been published focusing on complications and failures of CSF shunts. However, there appears to be a paucity of knowledge comprehensively covering both common complications and rare ones. In this systematic review, we surveyed articles about surgical complications of CSF shunts as comprehensively as possible. Quantitative analysis was performed to determine the frequency of well-known complications, mortality and revision rates of CSF shunts. Furthermore, rare complications of CSF shunts have also been reviewed.

  8. Liver Abscesses after Peritoneal Venous Shunt

    Hideto Kawaratani


    Full Text Available A 70-year-old man was referred to our hospital for high-grade fever with chills. He has visited our hospital for alcoholic liver cirrhosis and diabetes mellitus for over 20 years. Nine months earlier, he had received a peritoneal venous shunt (Denver shunt® because of refractory ascites. Laboratory examinations revealed elevated C-reactive protein and liver dysfunction. Ultrasonography and abdominal enhanced computed tomography showed multiple small abscesses in the right lobe of the liver. Blood culture test did not detect the pathogenic bacteria of liver abscesses. The patient was treated with antibiotics for more than 2 months and cured from the infection, but 3 months later, he developed high-grade fever again. He had a recurrence of multiple small liver abscesses involving both lobes of the liver. He was treated with antibiotics, and the abscesses disappeared within a month. After the antibiotic treatment, he had selective intestinal decontamination with kanamycin. He has had no recurrence of liver abscess for over a year. To our knowledge, this is the first report of liver abscess in a cirrhotic patient with Denver shunt. Clinicians should bear liver abscess in mind when treating patients with high-grade fever and liver dysfunction following Denver shunt implantation.




    A compact three-stage shunt valve system (Orbis SigmaTM Valve) which operates as a flow regulator within certain differential pressure values has been clinically evaluated in the treatment of hydrocephalus. Clinical trials were performed in 134 cases, covering 128 patients aged from 1 day to 79 year

  10. Laparoscopic management of complicated ventriculoperitoneal shunts

    Jain S


    Full Text Available Intra-abdominal migration of the catheter and formation of a cerebrospinal fluid pseudocyst are both rare complications of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Traditionally, each condition is treated by a formal laparotomy. Laparoscopic management of the complications in two patients is described.

  11. Treatment of syringomyelia with a syringosubarachnoid shunt.

    Tator, C H; Briceno, C


    The surgical results in 40 patients with syringomyelia, treated with a syringosubarachnoid shunt or other procedures are reviewed. The principal indication for surgery was that of significant neurological deterioration. There were 12 patients with idiopathic syringomyelia without tonsillar ectopia, 12 with an associated Chiari malformation, 11 with post-traumatic syringomyelia and five patients with spinal arachnoiditis. There were 38 syringosubarachnoid shunts performed in 35 patients, and an excellent or good result was achieved in 26 patients (74.3%). In terms of the type of syringomyelia, the best results were obtained in the idiopathic group without tonsillar ectopia and in the post-traumatic group. A short duration of pre-operative symptoms favoured a better outcome, and in our opinion, early surgical treatment is indicated for all patients with neurological deterioration. All eight patients in whom a posterior fossa decompression was performed as the initial surgical procedure required a second operation, either a syringosubarachnoid or syringoperitoneal shunt to achieve neurological improvement or stabilization. Thus, the syringosubarachnoid shunt is an effective therapeutic modality for patients with syringomyelia, particularly for the idiopathic and post-traumatic groups. More than one surgical procedure may be required to achieve cessation of deterioration. Overall, excellent or good results were achieved in 29 (72.5%) of the 40 patients.

  12. Effects of a malfunctional column on conventional and FeedCol-simulated moving bed chromatography performance.

    Song, Ji-Yeon; Oh, Donghoon; Lee, Chang-Ha


    The effects of a malfunctional column on the performance of a simulated moving bed (SMB) process were studied experimentally and theoretically. The experimental results of conventional four-zone SMB (2-2-2-2 configuration) and FeedCol operation (2-2-2-2 configuration with one feed column) with one malfunctional column were compared with simulation results of the corresponding SMB processes with a normal column configuration. The malfunctional column in SMB processes significantly deteriorated raffinate purity. However, the extract purity was equivalent or slightly improved compared with the corresponding normal SMB operation because the complete separation zone of the malfunctional column moved to a lower flow rate range in zones II and III. With the malfunctional column configuration, FeedCol operation gave better experimental performance (up to 7%) than conventional SMB operation because controlling product purity with FeedCol operation was more flexible through the use of two additional operating variables, injection time and injection length. Thus, compared with conventional SMB separation, extract with equivalent or slightly better purity could be produced from FeedCol operation even with a malfunctional column, while minimizing the decrease in raffinate purity (less than 2%). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Platypnea-Orthodeoxia Syndrome: To Shunt or Not to Shunt, That is the Question.

    Klein, Michael R; Kiefer, Todd L; Velazquez, Eric J


    Platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome is a rare disease defined by dyspnea and deoxygenation, induced by an upright position, and relieved by recumbency. Causes include shunting through a patent foramen ovale and pulmonary arteriovenous malformations. A 79-year-old woman experienced 2 syncopal episodes at rest and presented at another hospital. In the emergency department, she was hypoxic, needing 6 L/min of oxygen. Her chest radiograph showed nothing unusual. Transthoracic echocardiograms with saline microcavitation evaluation were mildly positive early after agitated-saline administration, suggesting intracardiac shunting. She was then transferred to our center. Right-sided heart catheterization revealed no oximetric evidence of intracardiac shunting while the patient was supine and had a low right atrial pressure. However, her oxygen saturation dropped to 78% when she sat up. Repeat transthoracic echocardiography while sitting revealed a dramatically positive early saline microcavitation-uptake into the left side of the heart. Transesophageal echocardiograms showed a patent foramen ovale, with right-to-left shunting highly dependent upon body position. The patient underwent successful percutaneous patent foramen ovale closure, and her oxygen supplementation was suspended. In patients with unexplained or transient hypoxemia in which a cardiac cause is suspected, it is important to evaluate shunting in both the recumbent and upright positions. In this syndrome, elevated right atrial pressure is not necessary for significant right-to-left shunting. Percutaneous closure, if feasible, is first-line therapy in these patients.

  14. Encefalopatía hepática secundaria a la existencia de un shunt portosistémico tratada satisfactoriamente mediante radiología intervencionista Hepatic encephalophaty secondary to porto-systemic shunt satisfactorily treated with interventionist radiology

    L. Crespo


    Full Text Available La encefalopatía hepática es un estado reversible de alteración en la función cognitiva, que puede ocurrir en pacientes con enfermedad hepática aguda o crónica o shunts porto-sistémicos, en el que puede aparecer cualquiera de los signos neurológicos o psiquiátricos conocidos. Las sustancias nitrogenadas procedentes de la digestión intestinal alcanzan el cerebro sin la depuración que supone su paso por el hígado, debido a las derivaciones porto-sistémicas, y dan lugar a los signos característicos de la encefalopatía hepática. A continuación presentamos dos casos clínicos de pacientes con shunt porto-sistémicos, diagnosticados de encefalopatía hepática crónica recurrente refractaria al tratamiento médico convencional, tratados satisfactoriamente con embolización de dicho shunt mediante técnicas de radiología intervencionista.Hepatic encephalopathy is a reversible state of altered cognition that may occur in patients with acute or chronic liver disease or porto-systemic shunt, and in which known neurological or psychiatric signs may develop. Nitrogenated substances from intestinal digestion reach the brain without being cleared by their passage through the liver due to the presence of porto-systemic shunt. We report two cases of patients with porto-systemic shunt diagnosed with recurrent chronic hepatic encephalopathy refractory to conventional medical treatment. They were satisfactorily treated with shunt embolization using interventionist radiology techniques.

  15. Passively Shunted Piezoelectric Damping of Centrifugally-Loaded Plates

    Duffy, Kirsten P.; Provenza, Andrew J.; Trudell, Jeffrey J.; Min, James B.


    Researchers at NASA Glenn Research Center have been investigating shunted piezoelectric circuits as potential damping treatments for turbomachinery rotor blades. This effort seeks to determine the effects of centrifugal loading on passively-shunted piezoelectric - damped plates. Passive shunt circuit parameters are optimized for the plate's third bending mode. Tests are performed both non-spinning and in the Dynamic Spin Facility to verify the analysis, and to determine the effectiveness of the damping under centrifugal loading. Results show that a resistive shunt circuit will reduce resonant vibration for this configuration. However, a tuned shunt circuit will be required to achieve the desired damping level. The analysis and testing address several issues with passive shunt circuit implementation in a rotating system, including piezoelectric material integrity under centrifugal loading, shunt circuit implementation, and tip mode damping.

  16. Intraparenchymal pericatheter cyst following disconnection of ventriculoperitoneal shunt system

    S Balasubramaniam


    Full Text Available Ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt is one of the most commonly performed procedures in neurosurgery, but it is also the procedure, which is most prone to complications. Spread of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF into the brain parenchyma is a rare complication of VP shunt and can take the form of CSF edema or a porencephalic cyst. We describe a case of a 1½-year-old child who presented to us with seizures. Computed tomography scan revealed pericatheter porencephalic cyst. Surgical exploration revealed a disconnected VP shunt system. Patient was neurologically observed after shunt extraction. He was seizure free and radiological follow-up showed resolution of cyst. Ours is the first case to document the presence of pericatheter cyst following complete disconnection of shunt system. Though shunt revision is the accepted treatment modality, careful neurological observation can be done after shunt removal especially in asymptomatic cases with compensated hydrocephalus.

  17. Mitochondrial function and malfunction in the pathophysiology of pancreatitis.

    Gerasimenko, Oleg V; Gerasimenko, Julia V


    As a primary energy producer, mitochondria play a fundamental role in pancreatic exocrine physiology and pathology. The most frequent aetiology of acute pancreatitis is either gallstones or heavy alcohol consumption. Repeated episodes of acute pancreatitis can result in the development of chronic pancreatitis and increase the lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer 100-fold. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer mortality with only about 3-4 % of patients surviving beyond 5 years. It has been shown that acute pancreatitis involves Ca²⁺ overload and overproduction of reactive oxygen species in pancreatic acinar cells. Both factors significantly affect mitochondria and lead to cell death. The pathogenesis of inflammation in acute and chronic pancreatitis is tightly linked to the induction of necrosis and apoptosis. There is currently no specific therapy for pancreatitis, but recent findings of an endogenous protective mechanism against Ca²⁺ overload--and particularly the potential to boost this protection--bring hope of new therapeutic approaches.

  18. Pathological Predictors of Shunt Stenosis and Hepatic Encephalopathy after Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt

    Fuliang He


    Full Text Available Background. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS is an artificial channel from the portal vein to the hepatic vein or vena cava for controlling portal vein hypertension. The major drawbacks of TIPS are shunt stenosis and hepatic encephalopathy (HE; previous studies showed that post-TIPS shunt stenosis and HE might be correlated with the pathological features of the liver tissues. Therefore, we analyzed the pathological predictors for clinical outcome, to determine the risk factors for shunt stenosis and HE after TIPS. Methods. We recruited 361 patients who suffered from portal hypertension symptoms and were treated with TIPS from January 2009 to December 2012. Results. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that the risk of shunt stenosis was increased with more severe inflammation in the liver tissue (OR, 2.864; 95% CI: 1.466–5.592; P=0.002, HE comorbidity (OR, 6.266; 95% CI, 3.141–12.501; P<0.001, or higher MELD score (95% CI, 1.298–1.731; P<0.001. Higher risk of HE was associated with shunt stenosis comorbidity (OR, 6.266; 95% CI, 3.141–12.501; P<0.001, higher stage of the liver fibrosis (OR, 2.431; 95% CI, 1.355–4.359; P=0.003, and higher MELD score (95% CI, 1.711–2.406; P<0.001. Conclusion. The pathological features can predict individual susceptibility to shunt stenosis and HE.

  19. Who Needs a Revision? 20 Years of Cambridge Shunt Lab.

    Czosnyka, Zofia; Czosnyka, Marek; Pickard, John D; Chari, Aswin


    Shunt testing independent of manufacturers provides knowledge that can significantly improve the management of patients with hydrocephalus. The Cambridge Shunt Evaluation Laboratory was created 20 years ago. Thanks to financial support from the Department of Health (1993-1998), all shunts in use in the UK were systematically evaluated, with "blue reports" being published. Later new devices were tested as they appeared in public domain.Twenty-six models have been evaluated. The majority of the valves had a non-physiologically low hydrodynamic resistance that may result in over-drainage, both related to posture and during nocturnal cerebral vasogenic waves. A long distal catheter increases the resistance of these valves by 100-200 %. Drainage through valves without a siphon-preventing mechanism is very sensitive to body posture. Shunts with siphon-preventing accessories offer a reasonable resistance to negative outlet pressure. Bench parameters were used to test shunt performance in vivo using infusion tests. A criterion for correctly performing a shunt procedure was established. Pressure measured in the shunt prechamber during the plateau phase of infusion should not remain more than 5 mmHg above the le shunt's operating pressure plus hydrodynamic resistance of the valve multiplied by the infusion rate. "Critical levels" for every shunt and every performance level have been used in the shunt testing wizard of ICM+ software.

  20. Dc SQUIDs with asymmetric shunt resistors

    Rudolph, Matthias; Nagel, Joachim; Kemmler, Matthias; Koelle, Dieter; Kleiner, Reinhold [Physikalisches Institut - Experimentalphysik II and Center for Collective Quantum Phenomena in LISAplus, Universitaet Tuebingen (Germany); Meckbach, Johannes Maximilian; Ilin, Konstantin; Siegel, Michael [Institut fuer Mikro- und Nanoelektronische Systeme, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe (Germany)


    We have investigated asymmetrically shunted Nb/Al-AlO{sub x}/Nb dc SQUIDs. Simulations based on the coupled Langevin equations predict that the optimum energy resolution ε, and thus also the noise performance of such an asymmetric SQUID, can be 3-4 times better than that of its symmetric counterpart. While keeping the total resistance R identical to a comparable symmetric SQUID with R{sup -1} = R{sub 1}{sup -1} + R{sub 2}{sup -1}, we shunted only one of the two Josephson junctions with R = R{sub 1,2}/2. Both types of SQUIDs were characterized with respect to their transport and noise properties at temperature T = 4.2 K, and we compared the experimental results with numerical simulations. Experiments yielded ε ∼ 32 ℎ for an asymmetric SQUID with an inductance L = 22 pH, whereas a comparable symmetric device achieved ε = 110 ℎ.

  1. Nitrogen heat pipe for cryocooler thermal shunt

    Prenger, F.C.; Hill, D.D.; Daney, D.E.; Daugherty, M.A. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Green, G.F.; Roth, E.W. [Naval Surface Warfare Center, Annapolis, MD (United States)


    A nitrogen heat pipe was designed, built and tested for the purpose of providing a thermal shunt between the two stages of a Gifford-McMahan (GM) cryocooler during cooldown. The nitrogen heat pipe has an operating temperature range between 63 and 123 K. While the heat pipe is in the temperature range during the system cooldown, it acts as a thermal shunt between the first and second stage of the cryocooler. The heat pipe increases the heat transfer to the first stage of the cryocooler, thereby reducing the cooldown time of the system. When the heat pipe temperature drops below the triple point, the nitrogen working fluid freezes, effectively stopping the heat pipe operation. A small heat leak between cryocooler stages remains because of axial conduction along the heat pipe wall. As long as the heat pipe remains below 63 K, the heat pipe remains inactive. Heat pipe performance limits were measured and the optimum fluid charge was determined.

  2. The transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)

    Owen, A.R. [Department of Radiology, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Melbourne (Australia)], E-mail:; Stanley, A.J. [Department of Gastroenterology, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow (United Kingdom); Vijayananthan, A. [Department of Biomedical Imaging, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Moss, J.G. [Department of Radiology, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow (United Kingdom)


    The creation of an intrahepatic portosystemic shunt via a transjugular approach (TIPS) is an interventional radiological procedure used to treat the complications of portal hypertension. TIPS insertion is principally indicated to prevent or arrest variceal bleeding when medical or endoscopic treatments fail, and in the management refractory ascites. This review discusses the development and execution of the technique, with focus on its clinical efficacy. Patient selection, imaging surveillance, revision techniques, and complications are also discussed.

  3. Portacaval Shunt for Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy

    John Craig Collins


    Full Text Available Portal hypertensive gastropathy is a vascular disorder of the gastric mucosa distinguished by ectasia of the mucosal capillaries and submucosal veins without inflammation. During 1988 to 1993, 12 patients with biopsyproven cirrhosis (10 alcoholic, 2 posthepatitic were evaluated and treated prospectively by portacaval shunt for active bleeding from severe portal hypertensive gastropathy. Eleven patients had been hospitalized for bleeding three to nine times previously, and one was bleeding uncontrollably for the first time. Requirement for blood transfusions ranged from 11 to 39 units cumulatively, of which 8 to 30 units were required specifically to replace blood lost from portal hypertensive gastropathy. Admission findings were ascites in 9 patients, jaundice in 8, severe muscle wasting in 10, hyperdynamic state in 9. Child's risk class was C in 7, B in 4, A in 1. Ten of the 12 patients had previously received repetitive endoscopic sclerotherapy for esophageal varices, which has been reported to precipitate portal hypertensive gastropathy. Eight patients had failed propranolol therapy for bleeding. Portacaval shunt was performed emergently in 11 patients and electively in 1, and permanently stopped bleeding in all by reducing the mean portal vein-inferior vena cava pressure gradient from 251 to 16 mm saline. There were no operative deaths, and two unrelated late deaths after 13 and 24 months. During 1 to 6.75 years of followup, all shunts remained patent by ultrasonography, the gastric mucosa reverted to normal On serial endoscopy, and there was no gastrointestinal bleeding. Recurrent portal-systemic encephalopathy developed in only 8% of patients. Quality of life was generally good. It is concluded that portacaval shunt provides definitive treatment of bleeding portal hypertensive gastropathy by eliminating the underlying cause, and makes possible prolonged survival with an acceptable quality of life.

  4. A fluid level in an acute extradural haematoma

    Iplikcioglu, M. (Dept. of Neurosurgery, Ministry of Health, Ankara Hospital (Turkey)); Bayar, M.A. (Dept. of Neurosurgery, Ministry of Health, Ankara Hospital (Turkey)); Koekes, F. (Dept. of Neurosurgery, Ministry of Health, Ankara Hospital (Turkey)); Yildiz, B. (Dept. of Neurosurgery, Ministry of Health, Ankara Hospital (Turkey)); Goekcek, C. (Dept. of Neurosurgery, Ministry of Health, Ankara Hospital (Turkey)); Buharali, Z. (Dept. of Neurosurgery, Ministry of Health, Ankara Hospital (Turkey))


    We report a fluid level in an acute extradural haematoma developing after placement of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for hydrocephalus. This fluid level was thought to be due to a mixture of blood and cerebrospinal fluid. (orig.)

  5. Quantitative evaluation fo cerebrospinal fluid shunt flow

    Chervu, S.; Chervu, L.R.; Vallabhajosyula, B.; Milstein, D.M.; Shapiro, K.M.; Shulman, K.; Blaufox, M.D.


    The authors describe a rigorous method for measuring the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in shunt circuits implanted for the relief of obstructive hydrocephalus. Clearance of radioactivity for several calibrated flow rates was determined with a Harvard infusion pump by injecting the Rickham reservoir of a Rickham-Holter valve system with 100 of Tc-99m as pertechnetate. The elliptical and the cylindrical Holter valves used as adjunct valves with the Rickham reservoir yielded two different regression lines when the clearances were plotted against flow rats. The experimental regression lines were used to determine the in vivo flow rates from clearances calculated after injecting the Rickham reservoirs of the patients. The unique clearance characteristics of the individual shunt systems available requires that calibration curves be derived for an entire system identical to one implanted in the patient being evaluated, rather than just the injected chamber. Excellent correlation between flow rates and the clinical findings supports the reliability of this method of quantification of CSF shunt flow, and the results are fully accepted by neurosurgeons.

  6. Major complication after intrauterine vesico-amniotic shunting

    Springer Alexander


    Full Text Available Bilateral foetal uropathy is the leading cause of chronic renal failure in childhood. Vesico-amniotic shunting (VAS is a simple, feasible, and widely used procedure for decompressing the foetal urinary system. We report a case of a boy with bilateral foetal uropathy who underwent VAS at a gestational age of 29 weeks. Vesico-abdominal shunt dislodgement occurred and led to urinary ascites and anhydramnios. Postpartal laparotomy showed a shunt perforation between the urinary bladder and the peritoneal cavity.

  7. Morbidity and mortality after peritoneovenous shunt surgery for refractory ascites.

    Rubinstein, D; McInnes, I; Dudley, F


    A prospective analysis of the morbidity and mortality after peritoneovenous shunting was carried out in 25 patients who had a total of 27 shunts for refractory ascites. Major complications were limited to the patients in whom ascites was secondary to hepatic rather than peritoneal disease. Immediate postoperative complications followed 17 out of the 23 shunts carried out in patients with liver disease and included septicaemia (two), profound hypotension (two), pulmonary oedema (one), and clin...

  8. A compact, coaxial shunt current diagnostic for X pinches.

    Wang, Liangping; Zhang, Jinhai; Li, Mo; Zhang, Xinjun; Zhao, Chen; Zhang, Shaoguo


    A compact coaxial shunt was applied in X-pinches experiments on Qiangguang pulsed power generator. The coaxial shunt was designed to have a compact construction for smaller inductance and more, for conveniently assembling upon the X pinch load structure. The coaxial shunt is also a cheap current probe and was easily built by research groups. The shunt can monitor a 100 kA high current with a 100 ns rise time. The calibration results showed that the probe used in the experiments has a resistance of 3.2 mΩ with an uncertainty of 3%, and its response time to the step signal is less than 7 ns.

  9. Optimization methods for the Train Unit Shunting Problem

    Haahr, Jørgen Thorlund; Lusby, Richard Martin; Wagenaar, Joris Camiel


    We consider the Train Unit Shunting Problem, an important planning problem for passenger railway operators. This problem entails assigning train units from shunting yards to scheduled train services in such a way that the resulting operations are without conflicts. The problem arises at every...... shunting yard in the railway network and involves matching train units to arriving and departing train services as well as assigning the selected matchings to appropriate shunting yard tracks. We present an extensive comparison benchmark of multiple solution approaches for this problem, some of which...

  10. Superconducting fault current-limiter with variable shunt impedance

    Llambes, Juan Carlos H; Xiong, Xuming


    A superconducting fault current-limiter is provided, including a superconducting element configured to resistively or inductively limit a fault current, and one or more variable-impedance shunts electrically coupled in parallel with the superconducting element. The variable-impedance shunt(s) is configured to present a first impedance during a superconducting state of the superconducting element and a second impedance during a normal resistive state of the superconducting element. The superconducting element transitions from the superconducting state to the normal resistive state responsive to the fault current, and responsive thereto, the variable-impedance shunt(s) transitions from the first to the second impedance. The second impedance of the variable-impedance shunt(s) is a lower impedance than the first impedance, which facilitates current flow through the variable-impedance shunt(s) during a recovery transition of the superconducting element from the normal resistive state to the superconducting state, and thus, facilitates recovery of the superconducting element under load.

  11. Ultrasonography of portosystemic shunting in dogs : Doppler studies before, during and after surgery

    Szatmári, V.


    Portosystemic shunting occurs when anomalous veins allow the portal blood to enter the systemic veins directly without first flowing through the hepatic sinusoids. Portosystemic shunting can occur via acquired portosystemic collaterals or via congenital portosystemic shunts and may result in

  12. Long-term neuropsychological sequelae in HIV-seronegative cryptococcal meningoencephalitis patients with and without ventriculoperitoneal shunts: a cine MRI study.

    Chen, Meng-Hsiang; Lu, Cheng-Hsien; Wang, Hung-Chen; Chen, Hsiu-Ling; Tsai, Nai-Wen; Li, Shau-Hsuan; Hsu, Nai-Wen; Lin, Wei-Ming; Kung, Chia-Te; Lin, Wei-Che


    Hydrocephalus in cryptococcal meningoencephalitis is most commonly managed with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. This study applied cine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to evaluate initial disease severity on long-term cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow dynamics and associated neuropsychological sequelae in cryptococcal meningoencephalitis patients with and without ventriculoperitoneal shunts. Eighteen human immunodeficiency virus-seronegative cryptococcal meningoencephalitis patients (10 with shunts versus 8 without shunts) were compared with 32 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers. All subjects underwent complete neurologic examination and neuropsychological testing. Cine MRI was conducted to evaluate CSF flow parameters. Initial CSF laboratory analysis and imaging findings were correlated with present CSF flow parameters and neuropsychological scores. Patients without shunts had higher average flow than controls, suggesting chronic hydrocephalus. Initial Evans ratios and CSF glucose levels were associated with CSF peak velocity and flow. Worsening CSF flow parameters correlated with decreased neuropsychological performance. CSF flow parameter differences between the cryptococcal meningoencephalitis patients both with and without ventriculoperitoneal shunts could be detected by cine MRI and correlated with acute stage disease severity and chronic stage neuropsychological results. Cine MRI is useful for assessing the chronic hydrocephalus that may lead to neuropsychological deficits in cryptococcal meningoencephalitis patients.

  13. Rate of shunt revision as a function of age in patients with shunted hydrocephalus due to myelomeningocele.

    Dupepe, Esther B; Hopson, Betsy; Johnston, James M; Rozzelle, Curtis J; Jerry Oakes, W; Blount, Jeffrey P; Rocque, Brandon G


    OBJECTIVE It is generally accepted that cerebrospinal fluid shunts fail most frequently in the first years of life. The purpose of this study was to describe the risk of shunt failure for a given patient age in a well-defined cohort with shunted hydrocephalus due to myelomeningocele (MMC). METHODS The authors analyzed data from their institutional spina bifida research database including all patients with MMC and shunted hydrocephalus. For the entire population, the number of shunt revisions in each year of life was determined. Then the number of patients at risk for shunt revision during each year of life was calculated, thus enabling them to calculate the rate of shunt revision per patient in each year of life. In this way, the timing of all shunt revision operations for the entire clinic population and the likelihood of having a shunt revision during each year of life were calculated. RESULTS A total of 655 patients were enrolled in the spina bifida research database, 519 of whom had a diagnosis of MMC and whose mean age was 17.48 ± 11.7 years (median 16 years, range 0-63 years). Four hundred seventeen patients had had a CSF shunt for the treatment of hydrocephalus and thus are included in this analysis. There were 94 shunt revisions in the 1st year of life, which represents a rate of 0.23 revisions per patient in that year. The rate of shunt revision per patient-year initially decreased as age increased, except for an increase in revision frequency in the early teen years. Shunt revisions continued to occur as late as 43 years of age. CONCLUSIONS These data substantiate the idea that shunt revision surgeries in patients with MMC are most common in the 1st year of life and decrease thereafter, except for an increase in the early teen years. A persistent risk of shunt failure was observed well into adult life. These findings underscore the importance of routine follow-up of all MMC patients with shunted hydrocephalus and will aid in counseling patients and

  14. Memory and selective learning in children with spina bifida-myelomeningocele and shunted hydrocephalus: A preliminary study

    Vachha Behroze


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Selective learning is the ability to select items of relevance from among less important items. Limited evidence exists regarding the efficiency with which children with spina bifida-myelomeningocele and shunted hydrocephalus (SB/SH are able to learn information. This report describes initial data related to components of learning and metacognitive skills in children with SB/SH. Methods Twenty six children with SB/SH and 26 controls (age: 7 – 16 y with average intelligence, and monolingual English-speaking backgrounds participated in the study. Exclusion criteria for the SB/SH group were: prior history of shunt infection, history of seizure or shunt malfunction within the previous three months, prior diagnoses of attention disorders and/or clinical depression. Children were presented lists of words with equal exemplars each of two distinct semantic categories (e.g. fruits, animals, and told to make as high a score as possible by learning the words. The value of the words was designated by category membership (e.g. animals = low value; fruits = high value. The total number of words learned across three learning trials was used to determine memory span. Selective learning efficiency (SLE was computed as the efficiency with which items of greater value were selectively learned across three trials. Results Children with SB/SH did worse than controls on memory span (P Conclusion Success in school is often dependent on the ability to recall important facts selectively and ignore less important information. Children with SB/SH in our study had a poor memory span and were unable to monitor and report an efficient and workable metacognitive strategy required to remember a list of words. Preliminary findings may begin to explain our previous clinical and research findings wherein children with SB/SH often focus on extraneous details, but demonstrate difficulty remembering the main gist of a story/event.

  15. Portal flow and arterioportal shunting after transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt creation.

    Itkin, Maxim; Trerotola, Scott O; Stavropoulos, S William; Patel, Aalpen; Mondschein, Jeffrey I; Soulen, Michael C; Tuite, Catherine M; Shlansky-Goldberg, Richard D; Faust, Thomas W; Reddy, K Rajender; Solomon, Jeffrey A; Clark, Timothy W I


    It was postulated that a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) produces arterioportal shunting and accounts for reversed flow in the intrahepatic portal veins (PVs) after creation of the TIPS. This study sought to quantify this shunting in patients undergoing TIPS creation and/or revision with use of a direct catheter-based technique and by measuring changes in blood oxygenation within the TIPS and the PV. This prospective study consisted of 26 patients. Median Model for End-stage Liver Disease and Child-Pugh scores were 13 and 9, respectively. Primary TIPS creation was attempted in 21 patients and revision of failing TIPS was undertaken in five. In two patients, TIPS creation was unsuccessful. All TIPS creation procedures but one were performed with use of polytetrafluoroethylene-covered stent-grafts. Flow within the main PV (Q(portal)) was measured with use of a retrograde thermodilutional catheter before and after TIPS creation/revision, and TIPS flow (Q(TIPS)) was measured at procedure completion. The amount of arterioportal shunting was assumed to be the increase between final Q(portal) and Q(TIPS), assuming Q(TIPS) was equivalent to the final Q(portal) plus the reversed flow in the right and left PVs. Oxygen saturation within the TIPS and the PV was determined from samples obtained during TIPS creation and revision. Mean Q(portal) before TIPS creation was 691 mL/min; mean Q(portal) after TIPS creation was 1,136 mL/min, representing a 64% increase (P = .049). Mean Q(TIPS) was 1,631 mL/min, a 44% increase from final Q(portal) (P = .0009). Among cases of revision, baseline Q(portal) was 1,010 mL/min and mean Q(portal) after TIPS revision was 1,415 mL/min, a 40% increase. Mean Q(TIPS) was 1,693 mL/min, a 20% increase from final Q(portal) (P = .42). Arterioportal shunting rates were 494 mL/min after TIPS creation and 277 mL/min after TIPS revision, representing 30% of total Q(TIPS) after TIPS creation and 16% of Q(TIPS) after TIPS revision. No

  16. Train shunting at a workshop area

    Jacobsen, Per Munk; Pisinger, David


    We consider the problem of planning the shunting of train units at a railway workshop area. Before and after the maintenance check, a train unit is parked at a depository track. The problem is to schedule the trains to workshops and depot tracks in order to complete the repairs as soon as possible......, while avoiding train blockings at the tracks. We give a formal definition of the problem and present three heuristic approaches based on, respectively, Guided Local Search (GLS), Guided Fast Local Search (GFLS) and Simulated Annealing (SA). Computational experiments are reported for realistic instances...

  17. Novel current monitoring techniques without shunt resistors

    VODA Adriana


    Full Text Available Current measurement for automotiveelectrical actuator applications (with motors or valvesis necessary for appropriate control in many cases anda safety requirement in all cases: the control algorithmmay be dependent on the data but safety relevantfunctions will use it to determine possible over-current,over-temperature or failure conditions. This paperproposes an alternative method of monitoring thecurrent, without using sensors or current shunts.Instead, measurements are made on the motor in thedevelopment stages and low/high frequency variationsin the supply line are monitored, through low/highpassfilters, by available AD channels in the system.This results in cost reduction for the final product, byreducing hardware complexity.

  18. Correction of malfunctioning peritoneal dialysis catheter with guidewire and stiffener under fluoroscopic guidance

    Lee, Seung Ryong; Baek, Kyong Hee; Jung, Gyoo Sik; Huh, Jin Do; Joh, Young Duk; Rim, Hark [Kosin Medical College, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)


    To determine the efficacy of correction of a malfunctioning peritoneal dialysis catheter with guidewire and stiffener under fluoroscopic guidance. Between November 1994 and March 1997, we performed 15 manipulations in 12 patients in whom a dual-cuff, straight Tenckhoff peritoneal dialysis catheter had been implanted due to chronic renal failure. The causes of catheter malfunctioning were inadequate drainage of the dialysate(n=14) and painful dialysis(n=1). Under fluoroscopic guidance, adhesiolysis and repositioning of the malfunctioning catheter were performed with an Amplatz Super Stiff guidewire and the stiffener from a biliary drainage catheter. The results of procedures were categorized as either immediate or durable success, this latter being defined as adequate catheter function for at least one month after the procedure. Immediate success was achieved in 14 of 15 procedures (93%), and durable success in 7 of 15(47%). The mean duration of catheter function was 157 (range, 30 to 578) days. After manipulation, abdominal pain developed in eight patients and peritonitis in two, but with conservative treatment, these symptoms improved. The correction of a malfunctioning peritoneal dialysis catheter with guidewire and stiffener under fluoroscopic guidance is an effective means of restoring catheter function and may be an effective alternative to surgical reimplantation of the catheter, or hemodialysis.

  19. 14 CFR 21.3 - Reporting of failures, malfunctions, and defects.


    ... interference with normal control of the aircraft for which derogates the flying qualities. (12) A complete loss... operation of the aircraft. (13) A failure or malfunction of more than one attitude, airspeed, or altitude... TRANSPORTATION AIRCRAFT CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES FOR PRODUCTS AND PARTS General § 21.3 Reporting of failures...

  20. Loss of labor time due to malfunctioning ICTs and ICT skill insufficiencies

    Deursen, van Alexander; Dijk, van Jan


    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to unexplore the area of information and communication technology (ICT) use in organizations related to the assumed productivity gains by the use of ICTs. On the one hand, the paper focus on the losses of labor time that are caused by malfunctioning hardware o

  1. Is Subdural Peritoneal Shunt Placement an Effective Tool for the Management of Recurrent/Chronic Subdural Hematoma?

    Alvarez-Pinzon, Andres M; Valerio, Jose E; Delgado, Victor; Escalante, Jennifer A; Lopez, Nithia; Wolf, Aizik L


    Objective  To describe a surgical technique and to report using a retrospective study the efficacy of peritoneal shunts for the treatment of recurrent/chronic subdural hematoma (CSDH). We describe the considerations, complications, and outcomes related to this technique. Methods  In a retrospective cohort study, 125 charts with a diagnosis of subacute/chronic subdural hematoma were assigned for evaluation. Of the charts reviewed, 18 charts were found from subjects with a diagnosis of recurrent sub-acute or chronic subdural hematoma. All patients had undergone initial surgical treatment of their condition followed by peritoneal shunt placement to help alleviate intracranial pressure. Factors including the age, size of subdural hematoma, number of previous events, BMI, complications, survival, and clinical course were analyzed. Results  After subdural peritoneal shunt placement all patients had full neurological recovery with no complaints of headaches, lethargy, weakness, confusion or seizures. None of the cases had new subdural hematoma episodes after placement for a minimum of a two-year period (mean 26.1 months) (range 24.3-48.6 months). No postoperative complications were reported. The rates of postoperative hemorrhage, infection, distal catheter revision, and perioperative seizures was found to be zero percent. Shunt drainage was successful in all cases, draining 85% of the blood in the first 48 hours. There was no significant relationship between complications and the use of anticoagulants four weeks after surgery. Conclusions Peritoneal shunts, though rarely used, are a viable option in the treatment of sub-acute/chronic subdural hematomas. When pursuing this treatment, this technique is recommended to mitigate the risks of repeat surgical intervention and lessen perioperative time in high-risk patients. PMID:27335718

  2. Radiotherapy-Induced Malfunction in Contemporary Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices: Clinical Incidence and Predictors.

    Grant, Jonathan D; Jensen, Garrett L; Tang, Chad; Pollard, Julianne M; Kry, Stephen F; Krishnan, Sunil; Dougherty, Anne H; Gomez, Daniel R; Rozner, Marc A


    Risk stratification and management paradigms for patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) requiring radiotherapy (RT) vary widely and are based on limited clinical data. To identify the incidence and predictors of CIED malfunction and describe associated clinical consequences in a large cohort of patients treated with photon- and electron-based RT. Retrospective analysis of all patients with a functioning CIED who underwent RT between August 2005 and January 2014 with CIED interrogation data following RT at an academic cancer center. We identified 249 courses of photon- and electron-based RT in 215 patients (123 pacemakers [57%]; 92 implantable cardioverter-defibrillators [43%]). Substantial neutron production was generated in 71 courses (29%). Implantation of CIED with subsequent therapeutic radiation treatment (neutron producing with 15- or 18-MV photons and non-neutron producing with electrons, GammaKnife, or 6-MV photons). Malfunction of CIED, characterized as single-event upset (data loss, parameter resets, unrecoverable resets), and delayed effects including signal interference, pacing threshold changes, and premature battery depletion. Malfunction of CIED attributable to RT occurred during 18 courses (7%), with 15 CIEDs experiencing single-event upsets, and 3, transient signal interference. All single-event upsets occurred during neutron-producing RT, at a rate of 21%, 10%, and 34% per neutron-producing course for CIEDs, pacemakers, and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, respectively. No single-event upsets were found among 178 courses of non-neutron-producing RT. Incident CIED dose did not correlate with device malfunction. Patients treated to the abdomen and pelvis region were more likely to undergo a single-event upset (hazard ratio, 5.2 [95% CI, 1.2-22.6]; P = .03). Six patients with a CIED parameter reset developed clinical symptoms: 3 experienced hypotension and/or bradycardia, 2 experienced abnormal chest ticking

  3. Lower arterial glucose concentrations in lambs with aortopulmonary shunts after an 18-hour fast.

    Beaufort-Krol, G C; Takens, J; Smid, G B; Molenkamp, M C; Zijlstra, W G; Kuipers, J R


    Spontaneously occurring hypoglycemia has been described in children with severe acute congestive heart failure. Hypoglycemia may be the result of an increase in glucose utilization in tissues, a decrease in glucose production, or a decrease in the dietary intake of nutrients. To determine whether hypoglycemia may also occur in congenital heart disease with volume overloading, we investigated glucose metabolism during and after an 18-hour fast in nine lambs with an aortopulmonary left-to-right shunt and nine control lambs. Plasma levels of hormones involved in the endocrine control of glucose metabolism were determined. The glucose production rate (rate of appearance [Ra]) was studied using [U-13C]glucose. Gluconeogenesis through the Cori cycle was estimated by measuring glucose 13C recycling. The arterial glucose concentration (3,409 +/- 104 v 4,338 +/- 172 micromol/L, P Cori cycle (6.9% +/- 2.8% v 7.1% +/- 2.5%) and gluconeogenesis from pyruvate and lactate (1.24 +/- 0.58 v 1.95 +/- 0.67 micromol x min(-1) x kg(-1)) were similar in both groups of lambs. The sum of glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis from precursors other than pyruvate and lactate was lower in shunt versus control lambs (15.73 +/- 1.07 v 23.54 +/- 4.27 micromol x min(-1) x kg(-1), P < .05). In conclusion, after an 18-hour fast, the arterial glucose concentration is lower in lambs with aortopulmonary shunts. This lower glucose concentration is associated with a decreased glucose production rate. In shunt lambs, glycogenolysis is decreased, while there is no difference in gluconeogenesis or hormonal control.

  4. Leakage Inductance Calculation for Planar Transformers with a Magnetic Shunt

    Jun, Zhang; Ouyang, Ziwei; Duffy, M. C.


    with a magnetic shunt by means of the stored magnetic energy in the primary and secondary sides of the transformer using the magnetomotive force (MMF) variation method, as well as the stored energy in the shunt based on the reluctance model. The detailed calculation method is described. Both the FEA simulation...

  5. Leakage Inductance Calculation for Planar Transformers with a Magnetic Shunt

    Zhang, Jun; Ouyang, Ziwei; Duffy, Maeve C.


    with a magnetic shunt by means of the stored magnetic energy in the primary and secondary sides of the transformer using the magnetomotive force (MMF) variation method, as well as the stored energy in the shunt based on the reluctance model. The detailed calculation method is described. Both the FEA simulation...

  6. Clopidogrel in infants with systemic-to-pulmonary-artery shunts

    Wessel, David L; Berger, Felix; Li, Jennifer S


    BACKGROUND: Infants with cyanotic congenital heart disease palliated with placement of a systemic-to-pulmonary-artery shunt are at risk for shunt thrombosis and death. We investigated whether the addition of clopidogrel to conventional therapy reduces mortality from any cause and morbidity relate...

  7. Internal carotid artery rupture caused by carotid shunt insertion.

    Illuminati, Giulio; Caliò, Francesco G; Pizzardi, Giulia; Vietri, Francesco


    Shunting is a well-accepted method of maintaining cerebral perfusion during carotid endarterectomy (CEA). Nonetheless, shunt insertion may lead to complications including arterial dissection, embolization, and thrombosis. We present a complication of shunt insertion consisting of arterial wall rupture, not reported previously. A 78-year-old woman underwent CEA combined with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). At the time of shunt insertion an arterial rupture at the distal tip of the shunt was detected and was repaired via a small saphenous vein patch. Eversion CEA and subsequent CABG completed the procedure whose postoperative course was uneventful. Shunting during combined CEA-CABG may be advisable to assure cerebral protection from possible hypoperfusion due to potential hemodynamic instability of patients with severe coronary artery disease. Awareness and prompt management of possible shunt-related complications, including the newly reported one, may contribute to limiting their harmful effect. Arterial wall rupture is a possible, previously not reported, shunt-related complication to be aware of when performing CEA. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  8. Clinical outcomes after ventriculoatrial shunting for idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus.

    Liu, Ann; Sankey, Eric W; Jusué-Torres, Ignacio; Patel, Mira A; Elder, Benjamin D; Goodwin, C Rory; Hoffberger, Jamie; Lu, Jennifer; Rigamonti, Daniele


    Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) is a neurological disorder that classically presents with a triad of progressive gait impairment, urinary incontinence, and cognitive deterioration. Treatment predominantly involves ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunting, but one alternative is ventriculoatrial (VA) shunting. This study sought to describe and evaluate the clinical outcomes of patients with iNPH primarily treated with VA shunting. A retrospective review of patients with iNPH who were treated with VA shunting at a single institution, from 2003 to 2013, was performed. 58 patients with iNPH underwent primary VA shunting at a median age of 74 (IQR: 70-80) years. The most common comorbidities included hypertension (n=39, 67%) and diabetes mellitus (n=11, 19%). Median duration of symptoms prior to VA shunting was 24 (IQR: 12-36) months. All patients had gait impairment, 52 (90%) had cognitive decline, and 43 (74%) had urinary incontinence. Forty-three (74%) patients had all three symptoms. At a median last follow-up of 16 (IQR: 7-26) months, median iNPH score improved from 6 to 3 (pTinetti score improved from 19 to 25 (pscore, TUG, and Tinetti score, while improvement in MMSE trended toward significance. Patients also had improvement of clinical symptoms related to gait, urinary function and cognition. These results suggest that VA shunting can be an effective primary treatment alternative to VP shunting for iNPH. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  9. Shunted-Josephson-junction model. II. The nonautonomous case

    Belykh, V. N.; Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Sørensen, O. H.


    The shunted-Josephson-junction model with a monochromatic ac current drive is discussed employing the qualitative methods of the theory of nonlinear oscillations. As in the preceding paper dealing with the autonomous junction, the model includes a phase-dependent conductance and a shunt capacitance...

  10. Percutaneous peritoneovenous shunt positioning: technique and preliminary results

    Orsi, Franco; Grasso, Rosario Francesco; Bonomo, Guido; Marinucci, Irene [Division of Radiology, European Institute of Oncology, Milan (Italy); Monti, Cinzia [Institute of Radiology, University of Milan (Italy); Bellomi, Massimo [Division of Radiology, European Institute of Oncology, Milan (Italy); Institute of Radiology, University of Milan (Italy)


    Nine peritoneovenous shunts were positioned by percutaneous technique in seven patients with advanced malignancy causing severe refractory ascites, and in two patients with hepatic cirrhosis (one with hepatocarcinoma). In all patients the shunts were percutaneously placed through the subclavian vein in the angiographic suite under digital fluoroscopic guide. No complications directly related to the procedure occurred. The shunt was successfully positioned in all patients in 60 min average time. No patient showed symptoms related to pulmonary overload or to disseminated intravascular coagulation. All patients had a significant improvement of the objective symptoms related to ascites such as respiratory symptoms, dyspepsia, and functional impairment to evacuation describing an improvement of their quality of life. Maximum shunt patency was 273 days. Percutaneous placement of peritoneovenous shunt is a safe, fast, and inexpensive procedure, extremely useful in resolution of refractory ascites, reducing symptoms, and allowing effective palliation, with a great improvement in quality of life. (orig.)

  11. Portasystemic shunt fraction quantification with colonic iodine-123 iodoamphetamine

    Yen, C.K.; Pollycove, M.; Crass, R.; Lin, T.H.; Baldwin, R.; Lamb, J.


    Portasystemic shunting was quantified in dogs with (/sup 123/I)iodoamphetamine (IMP) administered transrectally into the colon and monitored externally with a gamma camera. IMP was absorbed rapidly and unchanged from the colon. After direct injection into the portal vein, IMP was almost completely extracted by the liver on the first pass, and the washout half-life was approximately 60 min. Based on these kinetic data, computer simulation of this biologic system was carried out. Errors associated with simplified models are calculated. The simplest model with insignificant error, which assumed that the tracer behaved like microspheres, was used to quantitate portasystemic shunt fraction in animals with surgically created shunts. Results were compared with the standard of /sup 99m/Tc-labeled macroaggregated albumin infused into a branch of inferior mesenteric vein. For shunt fractions ranging from 0 to 100%, an excellent correlation was seen, indicating that this approach is potentially a simple, noninvasive method of portasystemic shunt fraction quantification.

  12. Syringomyelia regression after shunting of a trapped fourth ventricle

    Dukagjin Morina


    Full Text Available We describe a case of progressive syringomyelia following post-infectious trapped fourth ventricle (TFV, which resolved after shunting of the fourth ventricle. A 28-year-old female who had previously undergone treatment of intracerebral hemorrhage and meningitis developed a hydrocephalus with TFV. After 3 years she developed disturbance of walking and coordination. Cranial-CT revealed an enlargement of the shunted fourth ventricle as a result of shunt dysfunction. Furthermore a cervical syringomyelia developed. The patient underwent a revision of a failed fourth ventriculo- peritoneal shunt. Postoperatively, syringomyelia resolved within 6 months and the associated neurological deficits improved significantly. An insufficiency of cerebrospinal fluid draining among patients with TFV can be associated with communicating syringomyelia. An early detection and treatment seems important on resolving syringomyelia and avoiding permanent neurological deficits. Ventriculo-peritoneal shunt in trapped fourth ventricles can resolve a secondary syringomyelia.

  13. The role of lumboperitoneal shunts in the treatment of syringomyelia.

    Oluigbo, Chima O; Thacker, Karen; Flint, Graham


    OBJECT The role of thecoperitoneal shunts in the management of syringomyelia is not well defined. In this study, the authors analyze the outcome of lumboperitoneal shunt procedures carried out to treat syringomyelia in their institution. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 19 patients who underwent lumboperitoneal shunt procedures for syringomyelia. RESULTS The mean follow-up duration was 25 months (range 3-51 months). Of 16 cases followed up, only 5 patients reported clinical improvement in their preoperative symptoms, but of these, 2 had clear radiological evidence of improvement. Three of 6 patients with syringomyelia due to spinal arachnoiditis improved. CONCLUSIONS Lumboperitoneal shunts may lead to useful improvement in the symptoms of a patient with syringomyelia while avoiding the risk of neurological deterioration inherent in myelotomies required for syrinx shunting procedures.

  14. Transcaval transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt: preliminary clinical results

    Lee, Kwang Hun; Lee, Do Yun; Won, Jong Yoon [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Sang Joon [Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jae Kyu; Yoon, Woong [Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)


    To determine the feasibility of transcaval transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation in patients with unusual anatomy between the hepatic veins and portal bifurcation, and inaccessible or inadequate hepatic veins. Transcaval TIPS, performed in six patients, was indicated by active variceal bleeding (n=2), recurrent variceal bleeding (n=2), intractable ascites (n=1), and as a bridge to liver transplantation (n=1). The main reasons for transcaval rather than classic TIPS were the presence of an unusually acute angle between the hepatic veins and the level of the portal bifurcation (n=3), hepatic venous occlusion (n=2), and inadequate small hepatic veins (n=1). Technical and functional success was achieved in all patients. The entry site into liver parenchyma from the inferior vena cava was within 2 cm of the atriocaval junction. Procedure-related complications included the death of one patient due to hemoperitoneum despite the absence of contrast media spillage at tractography, and another suffered reversible hepatic encephalopathy. In patients with unusual anatomy between the hepatic veins and portal bifurcation, and inaccessible or inadequate hepatic veins, transcaval TIPS creation is feasible.

  15. 急性高容量血液稀释对单肺通气病人氧合及肺内分流的影响%Effects of acute hypervolemic hemodilution on oxygenation and pulmonary shunt fraction during one lung ventilation in patients

    司建洛; 邢群智; 陈靖军; 伍军


    目的 探讨轻度急性高容量血液稀释(AHHD)对单肺通气(OLV)病人氧合和肺内分流的影响.方法 将40例ASAⅠ~Ⅱ级全麻下行食道癌手术患者,随机分为两组,H组(血液稀释组)和C组(对照组),每组20例,麻醉诱导后插入双腔支气管插管,桡动脉穿刺测量有创血压和采集动脉血标本,中心静脉置入双腔静脉导管,深度17~18cm,血液稀释组经静脉快速输入羟乙基淀粉130/0.4(万汶)15 ml/kg,30 ml/min行急性高容量血液稀释,术中保持红细胞压积(Hct)在30%以上,对照组按常规开胸手术输液管理.分别在双肺通气后20min(T1)、单肺通气后20 min(T2),40,in(T3)、80Min(T4)、再次双肺通气30 min(T5)采动脉血和混合静脉血进行血气分析,按标准公式计算分流率,测动脉血乳酸(Lac)浓度.结果 与双肺通气相比,两组在单肺通气(OLV)期间动脉血氧分压(PaO2)和静脉血氧分压(PrO2)明显降低(P<0.05),两组在OLV期间单肺通气后分流值(Qs/Qt)和气道压力(Paw)明显增加(P<0.05).pH、Lac变化差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).与对照组相比,各时点pH、PaO2、Qs/Qt、Paw、Lac差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).血液稀释组在OLV期间PvO2明显降低(P<0.05),血液稀释组在OLV期间PaCO2明显升高(P<0.05).结论 轻度AHHD不明显增加OLV期间肺内分流率,但对血气有影响,加强OLV期间的通气管理,轻度AHHD可以安全应用于胸科手术.%Objective To investigate the effects of mild acute hypervolemic hemedilution (AHHD) on oxygenation and pul-monary shunt fraction during one lung ventilation (OLV) in patients. Methods Forty ASA Ⅰ-Ⅱ patients who underwent esoph-ageal cancer resection were randomly divided into two groups, group H(twenty patients with AHHD) and group C(twenty patients without AHHD), all patients were induced with 2-4 μg/kg fentanyl, 0.1 mg/kg midazolam,, 0.15 mg/kg vecuronium and 1 mg/kg propofol. Double lumen endobrouchial tube was inserted after

  16. Flexural waves focusing through shunted piezoelectric patches

    Yi, K.; Collet, M.; Ichchou, M.; Li, L.


    In this paper, we designed and analyzed a piezo-lens to focus flexural waves in thin plates. The piezo-lens is comprised of a host plate and piezoelectric arrays bonded on the surfaces of the plate. The piezoelectric patches are shunted with negative capacitance circuits. The effective refractive indexes inside the piezo-lens are designed to fit a hyperbolic secant distribution by tuning the negative capacitance values. A homogenized model of a piezo-mechanical system is adopted in the designing process of the piezo-lens. The wave focusing effect is studied by the finite element method. Numerical results show that the piezo-lens can focus flexural waves by bending their trajectories, and is effective in a large frequency band. The piezo-lens has the ability to focus flexural waves at different locations by tuning the shunting negative capacitance values. The piezo-lens is shown to be effective for flexural waves generated by different types of sources.

  17. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection with Listeria innocua.

    Karli, Arzu; Sensoy, Gulnar; Unal, Nevzat; Yanik, Keramettin; Cigdem, Halit; Belet, Nursen; Sofuoglu, Ayse


    Listeria species may cause life-threatening events including meningitis and invasive infection in newborns, pregnant women, older and immunodeficient people. The most common Listeria species that causes infection is L. monocytogenes. It is known that Listeria innocua has no pathogenicity. A 9-month-old baby had ventriculoperitoneal shunt and was treated with adrenocorticotropic hormone because of infantile spasms. He was brought to hospital with fever and vomiting. Upon physical examination, the patient seemed uncomfortable and had a temperature of 38.6°C. Laboratory results were as follows: hemoglobin, 6.7 g/dL; leukocyte count, 5420/mm(3) ; platelet count, 169,000/mm(3) ; and C-reactive protein, 100 mg/L (normal <5 mg/L). On analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), leukocyte count was 480/mm(3) , protein was 46 mg/dL and CSF glucose was 35 mg/dL. L. innocua was isolated in CSF culture. We describe this unusual case of ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection with L. innocua.

  18. Lack of association between right-to-left shunt and cerebral ischemia after adjustment for gender and age

    Heider Peter


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction A number of studies has addressed the possible association between patent foramen ovale (PFO and stroke. However, the role of PFO in the pathogenesis of cerebral ischemia has remained controversial and most studies did not analyze patient subgroups stratified for gender, age and origin of stroke. Methods To address the role of PFO for the occurrence of cerebral ischemia, we investigated the prevalence of right-to-left shunt in a large group of patients with acute stroke or TIA. 763 consecutive patients admitted to our hospital with cerebral ischemia were analyzed. All patients were screened for the presence of PFO by contrast-enhanced transcranial Doppler sonography at rest and during Valsalva maneuver. Subgroup analyses were performed in patients stratified for gender, age and origin of stroke. Results A right-to-left shunt was detected in 140 (28% male and in 114 (42% female patients during Valsalva maneuver, and in 66 (13% and 44 (16% at rest respectively. Patients with right-to-left shunt were younger than those without (P P = 0.001 but not female patients (P > 0.05. After adjusting for age no significant association between PFO and stroke of unknown origin was found in either group. Conclusion Our findings argue against paradoxical embolization as a major cause of cerebral ischemia in patients with right-to-left shunt. Our data demonstrate substantial gender-and age-related differences that should be taken into account in future studies.

  19. Evaluation of the use of automatic exposure control and automatic tube potential selection in low-dose cerebrospinal fluid shunt head CT

    Wallace, Adam N.; Bagade, Swapnil; Chatterjee, Arindam; Hicks, Brandon; McKinstry, Robert C. [Barnes Jewish Hospital, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO (United States); Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (United States); Vyhmeister, Ross [Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (United States); Ramirez-Giraldo, Juan Carlos [Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, PA (United States)


    Cerebrospinal fluid shunts are primarily used for the treatment of hydrocephalus. Shunt complications may necessitate multiple non-contrast head CT scans resulting in potentially high levels of radiation dose starting at an early age. A new head CT protocol using automatic exposure control and automated tube potential selection has been implemented at our institution to reduce radiation exposure. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reduction in radiation dose achieved by this protocol compared with a protocol with fixed parameters. A retrospective sample of 60 non-contrast head CT scans assessing for cerebrospinal fluid shunt malfunction was identified, 30 of which were performed with each protocol. The radiation doses of the two protocols were compared using the volume CT dose index and dose length product. The diagnostic acceptability and quality of each scan were evaluated by three independent readers. The new protocol lowered the average volume CT dose index from 15.2 to 9.2 mGy representing a 39 % reduction (P < 0.01; 95 % CI 35-44 %) and lowered the dose length product from 259.5 to 151.2 mGy/cm representing a 42 % reduction (P < 0.01; 95 % CI 34-50 %). The new protocol produced diagnostically acceptable scans with comparable image quality to the fixed parameter protocol. A pediatric shunt non-contrast head CT protocol using automatic exposure control and automated tube potential selection reduced patient radiation dose compared with a fixed parameter protocol while producing diagnostic images of comparable quality. (orig.)

  20. Evaluation of Shunt Losses in Industrial Silicon Solar Cells

    P. Somasundaran


    Full Text Available Shunting is one of the key issues in industrial silicon solar cells which degrade cell performance. This paper presents an approach for investigation of the performance degradation caused by the presence of ohmic extended shunts at various locations in industrial silicon solar cells. Location, nature, and area of the shunts existing in solar cells have been examined by lock-in infrared thermography (LIT. Based on LIT images and experimental dark I-V curves of solar cell, shunted cell has been modeled, from which loss in fill factor and efficiency due to the specific shunt has been obtained. Distributed diode modeling approach of solar cell has been exploited for obtaining simulation results which were supported by experimental measurements. The presented approach is useful to estimate performance reduction due to specific shunts and to quantify losses, which can help in improving the efficiency of solar cell during production by tackling the shunt related problems based on the level of severity and tolerance.

  1. A plasma polymerization technique to overcome cerebrospinal fluid shunt infections.

    Cökeliler, D; Caner, H; Zemek, J; Choukourov, A; Biederman, H; Mutlu, M


    Prosthetic devices, mainly shunts, are frequently used for temporary or permanent drainage of cerebrospinal fluid. The pathogenesis of shunt infection is a very important problem in modern medicine and generally this is characterized by staphylococcal adhesion to the cerebrospinal fluid shunt surfaces. In this paper, the prevention of the attachment of test microorganism Staphylococcus epidermidis on the cerebrospinal fluid shunt surfaces by 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) precursor modification in the plasma polymerization system, is reported. Different plasma polymerization conditions (RF discharge power 10-20-30 W, exposure time 5-10-15 min) were employed during the surface modification. The surface chemistry and topology of unmodified and modified shunts was characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Also, static contact angle measurements were performed to state the change of surface hydrophilicity. All samples were tested in vitro with Staphylococcus epidermidis. A plasma-polymerized HEMA film (PP HEMA) was found to be an alternative simple method to decrease the microorganism attachment and create bacterial anti-fouling surfaces. The attachment of the model microorganism Staphylococcus epidermidis on the shunt surface modified by PP HEMA at 20 W and 15 min was reduced 62.3% if compared to the unmodified control surface of the shunt.

  2. The hydrokinetic parameters of shunts for hydrocephalus might be inadequate.

    Sotelo, Julio


    Long-term treatment of hydrocephalus continues to be dismal. Shunting is the neurosurgical procedure more frequently associated with complications, which are mostly related with dysfunctions of the shunting device, rather than to mishaps of the rather simple surgical procedure. Overdrainage and underdrainage are the most common dysfunctions; of them, overdrainage is a conspicuous companion of most devices. Even when literally hundreds of different models have been proposed, developed, and tested, overdrainage has plagued all shunts for the last 60 years. Several investigations have demonstrated that changes in the posture of the subject induce unavoidable and drastic differences of intraventricular hydrokinetic pressure and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage through the shunt. Of all the parameters that participate in the pathophysiology of hydrocephalus, the only invariable one is cerebrospinal fluid production at a constant rate of approximately 0.35 ml/min. However, this feature has not been considered in the design of currently available shunts. Our experimental and clinical studies have shown that a simple shunt, whose drainage capacity complies with this unique parameter, would prevent most complications of shunting for hydrocephalus.

  3. A plasma polymerization technique to overcome cerebrospinal fluid shunt infections

    Coekeliler, D [Plasma Aided Bioengineering and Biotechnology Research Laboratory, Engineering Faculty, Hacettepe University, 06532, Ankara (Turkey); Caner, H [Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Baskent University, 06610, Ankara (Turkey); Zemek, J [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Cukrovarnicka 10, 162 53, Prague, Czech Republic (Czech Republic); Choukourov, A [Department of Macromolecular Physics, Charles University, V Holesovickach 2, 18000 Prague (Czech Republic); Biederman, H [Department of Macromolecular Physics, Charles University, V Holesovickach 2, 18000 Prague (Czech Republic); Mutlu, M [Plasma Aided Bioengineering and Biotechnology Research Laboratory, Engineering Faculty, Hacettepe University, 06532, Ankara (Turkey)


    Prosthetic devices, mainly shunts, are frequently used for temporary or permanent drainage of cerebrospinal fluid. The pathogenesis of shunt infection is a very important problem in modern medicine and generally this is characterized by staphylococcal adhesion to the cerebrospinal fluid shunt surfaces. In this paper, the prevention of the attachment of test microorganism Staphylococcus epidermidis on the cerebrospinal fluid shunt surfaces by 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) precursor modification in the plasma polymerization system, is reported. Different plasma polymerization conditions (RF discharge power 10-20-30 W, exposure time 5-10-15 min) were employed during the surface modification. The surface chemistry and topology of unmodified and modified shunts was characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Also, static contact angle measurements were performed to state the change of surface hydrophilicity. All samples were tested in vitro with Staphylococcus epidermidis. A plasma-polymerized HEMA film (PP HEMA) was found to be an alternative simple method to decrease the microorganism attachment and create bacterial anti-fouling surfaces. The attachment of the model microorganism Staphylococcus epidermidis on the shunt surface modified by PP HEMA at 20 W and 15 min was reduced 62.3% if compared to the unmodified control surface of the shunt.

  4. Power System Harmonic Compensation Using Shunt Active Power Filter.

    Shiuly Mukherjee


    Full Text Available This paper shows the method of improving the power quality using shunt active power filter. The proposedtopic comprises of PI controller, filter hysteresis current control loop, dc link capacitor. The switching signal generation for filter is fromhysteresis current controller techniques. With the all these element shunt active power filter reduce the total harmonic distortion. Thispaper represents the simulation and analysis of the using three phase three wire system active filter to compensate harmonics .Theproposed shunt active filter model uses balanced non-linear load. This paper successfully lowers the THD within IEEE norms and satisfactorily works to compensatecurrent harmonics.

  5. Ion beam sputter-etched ventricular catheter for hydrocephalus shunt

    Banks, B. A. (Inventor)


    A cerebrospinal fluid shunt in the form of a ventricular catheter for controlling the condition of hydrocephalus by relieving the excessive cerebrospinal fluid pressure is described. A method for fabrication of the catheter and shunting the cerebral fluid from the cerebral ventricles to other areas of the body is also considered. Shunt flow failure occurs if the ventricle collapse due to improper valve function causing overdrainage. The ventricular catheter comprises a multiplicity of inlet microtubules. Each microtubule has both a large openings at its inlet end and a multiplicity of microscopic openings along its lateral surfaces.

  6. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt for intracranial hypertension in cryptococcal meningitis without hydrocephalus.

    Petrou, Panayota; Moscovici, Samuel; Leker, Ronen R; Itshayek, Eyal; Gomori, John M; Cohen, José E


    The use of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt to treat uncontrollable intracranial hypertension in patients with cryptococcal meningitis without hydrocephalus is somewhat unusual and still largely unreported. However, uncontrollable intracranial hypertension without hydrocephalus in these patients is a potentially life-threatening condition. Early diagnosis and shunt placement are essential to improve survival and neurological function. We report uncontrollable intracranial hypertension without hydrocephalus in a 23-year-old woman, which was successfully managed by VP shunt placement. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Immune malfunction in the GPR39 zinc receptor of knockout mice

    Młyniec, Katarzyna; Trojan, Ewa; Ślusarczyk, Joanna


    as an anti-inflammatory agent, and its link with depression has been proved, zinc deficiency causing depression- and anxiety-like behavior with immune malfunction. It has been discovered that trace-element zinc acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system via zinc receptor GPR39. In this study we...... investigated whether GPR39 knockout would cause depressive-like behavior as measured by the forced swim test, and whether these changes would coexist with immune malfunction. In GPR39 knockout mice versus a wild-type control we found: i) depressive-like behavior; ii) significantly reduced thymus weight; (iii......Depression is a serious psychiatric disorder affecting not only the monaminergic, glutamatergic, and GABAergic neurosystems, but also the immune system. Patients suffering from depression show disturbance in the immune parameters as well as increased susceptibility to infections. Zinc is well known...

  8. Multiple Chaotic Central Pattern Generators with Learning for Legged Locomotion and Malfunction Compensation

    Ren, Guanjiao; Chen, Weihai; Dasgupta, Sakyasingha


    on a simulated annealing algorithm. In a normal situation, the CPGs synchronize and their dynamics are identical. With leg malfunction or disability, the CPGs lose synchronization leading to independent dynamics. In this case, the learning mechanism is applied to automatically adjust the remaining legs...... chaotic CPG controller has difficulties dealing with leg malfunction. Specifically, in the scenarios presented here, its movement permanently deviates from the desired trajectory. To address this problem, we extend the single chaotic CPG to multiple CPGs with learning. The learning mechanism is based...... in a physical simulation of a quadruped as well as a hexapod robot and finally in a real six-legged walking machine called AMOSII. The experimental results presented here reveal that using multiple CPGs with learning is an effective approach for adaptive locomotion generation where, for instance, different body...

  9. Multiple Chaotic Central Pattern Generators with Learning for Legged Locomotion and Malfunction Compensation

    Ren, Guanjiao; Chen, Weihai; Dasgupta, Sakyasingha


    An originally chaotic system can be controlled into various periodic dynamics. When it is implemented into a legged robot’s locomotion control as a central pattern generator (CPG), sophisticated gait patterns arise so that the robot can perform various walking behaviors. However, such a single...... on a simulated annealing algorithm. In a normal situation, the CPGs synchronize and their dynamics are identical. With leg malfunction or disability, the CPGs lose synchronization leading to independent dynamics. In this case, the learning mechanism is applied to automatically adjust the remaining legs......’ oscillation frequencies so that the robot adapts its locomotion to deal with the malfunction. As a consequence, the trajectory produced by the multiple chaotic CPGs resembles the original trajectory far better than the one produced by only a single CPG. The performance of the system is evaluated first...

  10. Pollutants removal in subsurface infiltration systems by shunt distributing wastewater with/without intermittent aeration under different shunt ratios.

    Pan, Jing; Yuan, Fang; Zhang, Yang; Huang, Linli; Yu, Long; Zheng, Fanping; Cheng, Fan; Zhang, Jiadi


    Matrix dissolved oxygen (DO), removal of COD, TP and nitrogen in subsurface infiltration systems (SISs), named SIS A (without intermittent aeration and shunt distributing wastewater), SIS B (with shunt distributing wastewater) and SIS C (with intermittent aeration and shunt distributing wastewater) were investigated. Aerobic conditions were developed in 50cm depth and anoxic or anaerobic conditions were not changed in 80 and 110cm depth by intermittent aeration. Under appropriate shunt ratios, shunt distributing wastewater improved denitrification and had little influence on COD, TP and NH3-N removal. Under the optimal shunt ratio of 1:2 for SIS C, high average removal rates of COD (90.06%), TP (93.17%), NH3-N (88.20%) and TN (85.79%) were obtained, which were higher than those in SIS A (COD: 82.56%, TP: 92.76%, NH3-N: 71.08%, TN: 49.24%) and SIS B (COD: 81.12%, TP: 92.58%, NH3-N: 69.14%, TN: 58.73%) under the optimal shunt ratio of 1:3.

  11. RIG-1 expression is associated with sexual malfunctions of female type 2 diabetic patients

    Batool Hajebrahimi


    Full Text Available Introduction: The patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D suffer from the malfunctions of the sexual behaviors, and several mechanisms have been proposed to describe these disorders. The innate immunity may be involved in the malfunctions of T2D patients. Melanoma differentiation-associated protein 5 (MDA5 and retinoic acid (RA-inducible gene 1 (RIG-1, as the innate immunity receptors, are the responsible molecules for the activation of some intracellular signaling pathways and the induction of inflammation. Thus, this study aimed to examine the molecules which may participate in the induction/stimulation of sexual malfunctions in the female T2D patients. Methods: Sexual functions were evaluated in 41 female T2D patients using the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI questionnaire. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR technique was used to quantify MDA5 and RIG-1 mRNA levels. Results: Results showed that increased RIG-1 mRNA levels were significantly associated with the bad orgasm in the female T2D patients compared to the female patients with good orgasm. Expression of RIG-1 and MDA5 levels were not associated with other sexual functions’ criteria. Conclusion: The findings of this study demonstrated that bad orgasm is associated with the increased RIG-1 expression. Consequently, the correlation between inflammation and bad orgasm in a RIG-1 dependent manner is suggested.

  12. An Experimental Study of Emission and Combustion Characteristics of Marine Diesel Engine with Fuel Injector Malfunctions

    Kowalski Jerzy


    Full Text Available The presented paper shows the results of the laboratory study on the relation between chosen malfunctions of a fuel injector and composition of exhaust gas from the marine engine. The object of research is a marine 3-cylinder, four-stroke, direct injection diesel engine with an intercooler system. The engine was loaded with a generator and supercharged. The generator was electrically connected to the water resistance. The engine operated with a load between 50 kW and 250 kW at a constant speed. The engine load and speed, parameters of the turbocharger, systems of cooling, fuelling, lubricating and air exchange, were measured. Fuel injection and combustion pressures in all cylinders of the engine were also recorded. Exhaust gas composition was recorded by using a electrochemical gas analyzer. Air pressure, temperature and humidity were also recorded. Emission characteristics of the engine were calculated according to ISO 8178 standard regulations. During the study the engine operated at the technical condition recognized as „working properly” and with simulated fuel injector malfunctions. Simulation of malfunctions consisted in the increasing and decreasing of fuel injector static opening pressure, decalibration of fuel injector holes and clogging 2 neighboring of 9 fuel injector holes on one of 3 engine cylinders.

  13. Hearing Loss in Patients with Shunt-Treated Hydrocephalus

    Panova Margarita V.


    Full Text Available Hearing loss is a common manifestation of the long-term complications in patients with shunt treated hydrocephalus along with motor development disturbance, cognitive and visual impairment, epilepsy and endocrine disorders.

  14. Effects of an interatrial shunt on rest and exercise hemodynamics

    Kaye, David; Shah, Sanjiv J; Borlaug, Barry A


    of the conditions tested. CONCLUSIONS: The interatrial shunt reduced left-sided cardiac output with a marked reduction in PCWP. This approach may reduce the propensity for heart failure exacerbations and allow patients to exercise longer, thus attaining higher heart rates and cardiac outputs with the shunt compared......BACKGROUND: A treatment based on an interatrial shunt device has been proposed for counteracting elevated pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) in patients with heart failure and mildly reduced or preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). We tested the theoretical hemodynamic effects...... of this approach with the use of a previously validated cardiovascular simulation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Rest and exercise hemodynamics data from 2 previous independent studies of patients with HFpEF were simulated. The theoretical effects of a shunt between the right and left atria (diameter up to 12 mm) were...

  15. Multicenter evaluation of temporary intravascular shunt use in vascular trauma.

    Inaba, Kenji; Aksoy, Hande; Seamon, Mark J; Marks, Joshua A; Duchesne, Juan; Schroll, Rebecca; Fox, Charles J; Pieracci, Fredric M; Moore, Ernest E; Joseph, Bellal; Haider, Ansab A; Harvin, John A; Lawless, Ryan A; Cannon, Jeremy; Holland, Seth R; Demetriades, Demetrios


    The indications and outcomes associated with temporary intravascular shunting (TIVS) for vascular trauma in the civilian sector are poorly understood. The objective of this study was to perform a contemporary multicenter review of TIVS use and outcomes. Patients sustaining vascular trauma, requiring TIVS insertion (January 2005 to December 2013), were retrospectively identified at seven Level I trauma centers. Clinical demographics, operative details, and outcomes were abstracted. A total of 213 injuries (2.7%; 94.8% arterial) requiring TIVS were identified in 7,385 patients with vascular injuries. Median age was 27.0 years (range, 4-89 years), 91.0% were male, Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score was 15.0 (interquartile range, 4.0), Injury Severity Score (ISS) was 16.0 (interquartile range, 15.0), 26.0% had an ISS of 25 or greater, and 71.1% had penetrating injuries. The most common mechanism was gunshot wound (62.7%), followed by auto versus pedestrian (11.4%) and motor vehicle collision (6.5%). Shunts were placed for damage control in 63.4%, staged repair for combined orthopedic and vascular injuries in 36.1%, and for insufficient surgeon skill set in 0.5%. The most common vessel shunted was the superficial femoral artery (23.9%), followed by popliteal artery (18.8%) and brachial artery (13.2%). An argyle shunt (81.2%) was the most common conduit, followed by Pruitt-Inahara (9.4%). Dwell time was less than 6 hours in 61.4%, 24 hours in 86.5%, 48 hours in 95.9%, with only 4.1% remaining in place for more than 48 hours. Of the patients, 81.6% survived to definitive repair, and 79.6% survived overall. Complications included shunt thrombosis (5.6%) and dislodgment (1.4%). There was no association between dwell time and shunt thrombosis. The use of a noncommercial shunt (chest tube/feeding tube) did not impact shunt thrombosis but was an independent risk factor for subsequent graft failure. The limb salvage rate was 96.3%. No deaths could be attributed to a shunt

  16. Digital implementation of shunting-inhibitory cellular neural network

    Hammadou, Tarik; Bouzerdoum, Abdesselam; Bermak, Amine


    Shunting inhibition is a model of early visual processing which can provide contrast and edge enhancement, and dynamic range compression. An architecture of digital Shunting Inhibitory Cellular Neural Network for real time image processing is presented. The proposed architecture is intended to be used in a complete vision system for edge detection and image enhancement. The present hardware architecture, is modeled and simulated in VHDL. Simulation results show the functional validity of the proposed architecture.

  17. Hearing Loss in Patients with Shunt-Treated Hydrocephalus.

    Panova, Margarita V; Geneva, Ina E; Madjarova, Kalina I; Bosheva, Miroslava N


    Hearing loss is a common manifestation of the long-term complications in patients with shunt treated hydrocephalus along with motor development disturbance, cognitive and visual impairment, epilepsy and endocrine disorders. The aim of the present study was to investigate the alterations of hearing in patients with shunt treated hydrocephalus of non-tumor etiology and at least one year after implantation of ventriculo-peritoneal shunt, as well as their impact on the quality of life of patients. The study included 70 patients (age range 1.25 years - 21.25 years) with shunted non-tumor hydrocephalus and at least one year after placement of the shunt system. Hearing alterations were proved by measuring the brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEP) for children up to 5 years of age and children with mental retardation; audiograms was used for children older than 5 years with normal neuro-psychological development (NPD). Of the 70 studied patients 17 (24%) had hearing loss (10 bilateral and 7-unilateral) and all of them had sensorineural hearing loss, which is associated with low weight at birth, posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus and brainstem symptoms at the time of diagnosis of hydrocephalus. Hearing pathology was found more often in shunt-treated patients with NPD retardation, poor functional status and low quality of life. Children with shunt-treated hydrocephalus have hearing loss of sensorineural type. Children with brain stem symptomatology at diagnosing hydrocephalus and children with post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus show higher risk of hearing loss. Children with shunted hydrocephalus and hearing loss show lower NPD, lower quality of life and lower functional status.

  18. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection with Mycobacterium fortuitum: a rare offending organism.

    Cadena, Gilbert; Wiedeman, Jean; Boggan, James E


    Postsurgical infection is one of the greatest potential morbidities of ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery. The majority of infections can be linked to contamination with skin flora at the time of surgery, a phenomenon that has been well described. However, there is a paucity of literature regarding infection with nontuberculous mycobacteria. The authors report a case of postoperative ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection with Mycobacterium fortuitum and review the available neurosurgical literature and treatment strategies.

  19. Cross-species functionality of pararetroviral elements driving ribosome shunting.

    Mikhail M Pooggin

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV and Rice tungro bacilliform virus (RTBV belong to distinct genera of pararetroviruses infecting dicot and monocot plants, respectively. In both viruses, polycistronic translation of pregenomic (pg RNA is initiated by shunting ribosomes that bypass a large region of the pgRNA leader with several short (sORFs and a stable stem-loop structure. The shunt requires translation of a 5'-proximal sORF terminating near the stem. In CaMV, mutations knocking out this sORF nearly abolish shunting and virus viability. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here we show that two distant regions of the CaMV leader that form a minimal shunt configuration comprising the sORF, a bottom part of the stem, and a shunt landing sequence can be replaced by heterologous sequences that form a structurally similar configuration in RTBV without any dramatic effect on shunt-mediated translation and CaMV infectivity. The CaMV-RTBV chimeric leader sequence was largely stable over five viral passages in turnip plants: a few alterations that did eventually occur in the virus progenies are indicative of fine tuning of the chimeric sequence during adaptation to a new host. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our findings demonstrate cross-species functionality of pararetroviral cis-elements driving ribosome shunting and evolutionary conservation of the shunt mechanism. We are grateful to Matthias Müller and Sandra Pauli for technical assistance. This work was initiated at Friedrich Miescher Institute (Basel, Switzerland. We thank Prof. Thomas Boller for hosting the group at the Institute of Botany.

  20. In vitro flow measurements in ion sputtered hydrocephalus shunts

    Cho, Y. I.; Back, L. H.


    This paper describes an experimental procedure for accurate measurements of the pressure-drop/flow rate relationship in hydrocephalus shunts. Using a fish-hook arrangement, small flow rates in a perforated ion-sputtered Teflon microtubule were measured in vitro in a pressured system and were correlated with pressure in the system. Results indicate that appropriate drainage rates could be obtained in the physiological range for hydrocephalus shunts.

  1. Hemodynamics of patient-specific aorta-pulmonary shunt configurations

    Pekkan, Kerem; Pişkin, Senol; Altın, H. Fırat; Yıldız, Okan; Bakır, İhsan


    Optimal hemodynamics in aorta-pulmonary shunt reconstruction is essential for improved post-operative recovery of the newborn congenital heart disease patient. However, prior to in vivo execution, the prediction of post-operative hemodynamics is extremely challenging due to the interplay of multiple confounding physiological factors. It is hypothesized that the post-operative performance of the surgical shunt can be predicted through computational blood flow simulations that consider patient ...

  2. Triggerless vacuum shunting plasma by metallic and solid materials

    Yukimura, Ken; Tani, Yuuji; Masamune, Sadao


    Shunting discharge is an alternating capacitor discharge through a rod of solid-state or metallic materials. Optimization of the discharge condition has realized self-ignition of the arc discharge with low input power to the rod, leading to a much longer rod life time than in conventional shunting arc or peripheral arc. The shunting-arc-produced plasma contains mainly the ions of the solid-state material, and ion extraction from the plasma has also been demonstrated. Thus, the shunting arc works as a pulsed ion source for solid-state materials for plasma-based ion implantation (PBII) and ion processing. This article describes the characteristics of pulsed shunting arc, using the materials of carbon, niobium and silicon. The capacitor of 10 nF of which charging voltage is 10 to 25 kV using a thyratron as a closing switch. Glow discharge is firstly produced after the heat of the materials and then the plasma changes the style to the arc discharge. A negative high voltage pulse of -5 to -10 kV was applied to a target which was located at 30 cm away from the electrodes. We will discuss the ion species of the shunting plasma and ion extraction from the plasma using the time evolution of target current.

  3. Calibration of piezoelectric RL shunts with explicit residual mode correction

    Høgsberg, Jan; Krenk, Steen


    Piezoelectric RL (resistive-inductive) shunts are passive resonant devices used for damping of dominant vibration modes of a flexible structure and their efficiency relies on the precise calibration of the shunt components. In the present paper improved calibration accuracy is attained by an extension of the local piezoelectric transducer displacement by two additional terms, representing the flexibility and inertia contributions from the residual vibration modes not directly addressed by the shunt damping. This results in an augmented dynamic model for the targeted resonant vibration mode, in which the residual contributions, represented by two correction factors, modify both the apparent transducer capacitance and the shunt circuit impedance. Explicit expressions for the correction of the shunt circuit inductance and resistance are presented in a form that is generally applicable to calibration formulae derived on the basis of an assumed single-mode structure, where modal interaction has been neglected. A design procedure is devised and subsequently verified by a numerical example, which demonstrates that effective mitigation can be obtained for an arbitrary vibration mode when the residual mode correction is included in the calibration of the RL shunt.

  4. Association of Brucella Meningoencephalitis with Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt in A Child: A Case Report

    Babak ABDINIA


    Full Text Available How to Cite This Article: Abdinia B, Barzegar M, Maleki M, Behbod H, Oskoui Sh. Association of Brucella Meningoencephalitis with Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt in a Child: a Case Report. Iran J Child Neurol. 2013 Winter:7(1:35-38. Brucellosis is an endemic zoonosis in Iran. It is a systemic infection that can involve any organs or systems of the body and have variable presentations. Ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt infections due to brucellosis have been rarely reported in the literatures.This  is  the  history  of  a  four  years  old  boy  who  developed  Brucella meningoencephalitis at the age of 42 months, whilst he had a VP shunt in situ for hydrocephalus treatment. Also, he presented brucellosis as acute abdomen. This patient was treated with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, gentamicin and rifampicin. The shunt was extracted and all clinical and laboratory test abnormalities subsided through this management.We propose that in a patient with Brucella meningoencephalitis, the cerebrospinal  fluid shunt  system  can  be  extracted  and  treatment  with appropriate combination of antibiotics could be successful. Moreover, it shows that brucellosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis for acute abdomen and ascites in endemic regions.References1. Hasanjani Roushan MR, Mohrez M, Samilnejad Gangi SM, Soleimani Amiri MJ, Hajiahmadi M. Epidemiological features and clinical manifestations in 469 adult patients with brucellosis in babol, Northern Iran. Epidemiol infect 2004;132(6:1109-142. Bouza E, García de la Torre M, Parras F, Guerrero A, Rodríguez-Créixems M, Gobernado J. Brucellar meningitis. Brucellar meningitis. Rev Infect Dis 1987; 9(4:810-22.3. Young EJ. Brucella species. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Mandell, Douglas and Bennetts Õs Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 5th ed. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 2000. p. 86-93.4. Feiz J, Sabbaghian H, Miralai M. Brucellosis due to Brucella

  5. Reducing CSF shunt placement in patients with spinal myelomeningocele

    Suresh Sankhla


    Full Text Available Object: The incidence of hydrocephalus requiring shunts in children with myelomeningocele (MMC is reported to be very high. Shunt-related complications are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in this population. In order to minimize shunt placements, we used very rigid clinical selection criteria and followed them in all patients who had myelomeningocele and enlarged ventricles. The follow-up outcome of this retrospective study is reported. Methods: From 2000 to 2007, 23 patients with myelomeningocele and variable degree of hydrocephalus were treated at our institute with primary surgical closure of their myelomeningoceles without a CSF diversion procedure. Patients with severe hydrocephalus who required immediate shunt insertion, and those with no significant associated hydrocephalus were not included in this study. Data regarding the surgical results and complications, postoperative management, and the outcome at follow-up were obtained from their hospital records. Results: Initially increased size of the ventricular system was found to have decreased or stabilized in 17 (81% patients postoperatively. However, ventriculomegaly continued to progress further in 4 (19% out of 21 patients. Of 11 patients who presented with enlarged head, eight (73% patients showed reduction or stabilization in their head circumference. Three (27% children continued to have progressive head enlargement in the postoperative period and required shunt placement. Signs of raised intracranial pressure observed in six patients on admission, improved in two (33% and persisted or worsened in four (67% patients who eventually improved after the insertion of a shunt. Eight (35% patients experienced wound-related complications following closure of the MMC, including CSF leak in four, wound infection in three, wound breakdown in three, and pseudomeningocele in two patients. Shunt placement was required in the postoperative period in 13 (56.5% patients to treat

  6. Intrahepatic arterioportal shunt: helical CT findings

    Quiroga, S.; Sebastia, M.C.; Moreiras, M.; Pallisa, E.; Rius, J.M.; Alvarez-Castells, A. [I. D. I. Hospital General i Universitari Vall d`Hebron, Barcelona (Spain). Servei de Radiodiagnostic


    The purpose of this study was to characterize the appearance of intrahepatic arterioportal shunts (APS) on two-phase helical CT, with emphasis on the importance of the hepatic arterial-dominant phase (HAP) to demonstrate perfusion disorders. We review eight cases of APS diagnosed by helical CT in our institution from January 1996 to March 1997 and describe the CT findings that established diagnosis. Five of them were confirmed by angiography. In seven (87.5 %) cases of APS we found early enhancement of the peripheral portal branches during the HAP of helical CT, whereas the superior mesenteric and splenic veins remained unenhanced. In five (62.5 %) cases of APS, transient, peripheral, triangular parenchymal enhancement was depicted during the HAP of helical CT; in four of these cases there was associated early enhancement of the portal branches. Helical CT can show perfusion alterations that might remain undiagnosed with conventional CT. An understanding of the hemodynamic changes that occur in APS can help in the interpretation of focal transient hepatic parenchymal enhancement and to differentiate APS from hypervascular tumors. We believe that the helical CT findings described herein are characteristic enough to suggest the diagnosis of APS. (orig.) With 3 figs., 1 tab., 16 refs.

  7. [Scintigraphic imaging in the diagnosis of failed intrathecal baclofen therapy: a case report of a 7-year-old boy with ventriculoperitoneal shunt].

    Shibata, Akiko; Yamamoto, Mariko; Watanabe, Yu; Terashima, Hiroshi; Kashii, Hirofumi; Kubota, Masaya; Morota, Nobuhito


    Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) therapy is popular for the management of intractable spasticity. In 2007, the indications of ITB therapy expanded to include spasticity of children in Japan. In this report, we assessed the utility of radioisotopic scintigraphy in the diagnosis of failed ITB therapy. A 7-year-old boy with schizencephaly, hydrocephalus, and spastic quadriplegia had an ITB pump implanted. In his infancy, he had undergone ventriculoperitoneal shunt implantation. One month after the ITB operation, the ITB therapeutic effect diminished. Several examinations confirmed that the pump function was normal and catheter failure had not occurred. However, radioisotopic scintigraphy revealed that the baclofen had been washed out to blood circulation more rapidly than is typically observed. We considered two possible causes for this; obstruction of the cerebrospinal space due to kyphosis and excessive washout of celebrospinal fluid through the ventriculoperitoneal shunt. The catheter was moved to a more caudal site surgically, and his spasticity improved. The use of radioisotopic scintigraphy to identify the distribution of baclofen is an effective technique for investigation of baclofen pump system malfunction.

  8. Human Errors - A Taxonomy for Describing Human Malfunction in Industrial Installations

    Rasmussen, J.


    This paper describes the definition and the characteristics of human errors. Different types of human behavior are classified, and their relation to different error mechanisms are analyzed. The effect of conditioning factors related to affective, motivating aspects of the work situation as well...... as physiological factors are also taken into consideration. The taxonomy for event analysis, including human malfunction, is presented. Possibilities for the prediction of human error are discussed. The need for careful studies in actual work situations is expressed. Such studies could provide a better...... understanding of the complexity of human error situations as well as the data needed to characterize these situations....

  9. An Experimental Study of Emission and Combustion Characteristics of Marine Diesel Engine with Fuel Injector Malfunctions

    Kowalski Jerzy


    The presented paper shows the results of the laboratory study on the relation between chosen malfunctions of a fuel injector and composition of exhaust gas from the marine engine. The object of research is a marine 3-cylinder, four-stroke, direct injection diesel engine with an intercooler system. The engine was loaded with a generator and supercharged. The generator was electrically connected to the water resistance. The engine operated with a load between 50 kW and 250 kW at a constant spee...

  10. Selective detection of mitochondrial malfunction in situ by energy transfer spectroscopy

    Schneckenburger, Herbert; Gschwend, Michael H.; Sailer, Reinhard; Strauss, Wolfgang S. L.; Schoch, Lars; Schuh, Alexander; Stock, Karl; Steiner, Rudolf W.; Zipfl, Peter


    To establish optical in situ detection of mitochondrial malfunction, non-radiative energy transfer from the coenzyme NADH to the mitochondrial marker rhodamine 123 (R123) was examined. Dual excitation of R123 via energy transfer from excited NADH molecules as well as by direct absorption of light results in two fluorescence signals whose ratio is a measure of mitochondrial NADH. These signals are detected simultaneously using a time-gated (nanosecond) technique for energy transfer measurements and a frequency selective technique for direct excitation and fluorescence monitoring of R123. Optical and electronic components of the experimental setup are described and compared with a previously established microscopic system.

  11. Laparoscopy for ventriculoperitoneal shunt implantation and revision surgery

    Fernando; Campos; Gomes; Pinto; Matheus; Fernandes; de; Oliveira


    Ventriculoperitoneal shunting(VPS) is a widely accepted technique for the treatment of hydrocephalus. The probability of shunt dysfunction is pretty high throughout life. Laparoscopy has become a valuable tool to perform VPS and treat abdominal complications. An electronic literature search was performed to reveal the published data relating laparoscopy and ventriculoperitoneal shunt in Medline, Embase, Scielo and Lilacs databases. The keywords employed were “laparoscopy” OR “laparoscopic surgery” AND “ventriculoperitoneal shunt” OR “shunt” AND “surgery” OR “implantation” OR “revision” OR “complication”. No high quality trials were developed comparing conventional laparotomic incision vs laparoscopic approach. Both approaches have evolved and currently there are less invasive options for laparotomy, like periumbilical small incisions; and for laparoscopy, like smaller and less incisions. Operating room time, blood loss and hospital stay may be potentially smaller in laparoscopic surgery and complications are probably the same as laparotomy. In revision surgery for abdominal complications after VPS,visualization of whole abdominal cavity is fundamental to address properly the problem and laparoscopic approach is valuable once it is safe, fast and much less invasive than laparotomy. Ventriculoperitoneal shunting is a widely accepted technique for the treatment of hydrocephalus. Laparoscopy assisted shunt surgery in selected cases might be a less invasive and more effective option for intrabdominal manipulation. The laparoscopic approach allows a better catheter positioning, lysis of fibrotic bundles and peritoneal inspection as well, without any additional complication.

  12. Shunt insufficiency due to knot formation in the peritoneal catheter.

    Fekete, Gábor; Nagy, Andrea; Pataki, István; Bognar, László; Novák, László


    The authors report a rare case of the peripheral obstruction of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Premature baby was operated on hydrocephalus due to germinal matrix bleeding. After two months of implantation of venticuloperitoneal shunt peripheral insufficiency of the system was emerged. During the shunt revision extensive knot formation became visible. We simply cut the catheter above the knot and the working shunt was replaced into the abdominal cavity. The postoperative course was uneventful and the baby was free of complaints for more than one year. The pathomechanism of knot formation is not clear thus the discovery of the problem during the operation is an unexpected event. In our opinion tight knot cannot be spontaneously formed intraabdominally. Loose knots can be developed and can reduce the capacity of liquor flow. We think that the knot tightens during pulling out. Longer peritoneal catheters can precipitate multiple looping and/or axial torquations and increase the peripheral resistance of the shunt. In such cases when the pulling out is challenged conversion to laparotomy is suggested.

  13. Model of Shunting Technology Based on System Structure

    Anton Pepevnik


    Full Text Available Railway transport is facing a growing liquidity problem.The major problem in small systems is the detention of wagonsat marshalling yards, which prolongs the time of freight travel.To avoid this problem it is of great importance to search for parametersthat would enable creation of a model of technologythat would provide shorter wagon detention time at stations aswell as optimising the number of marshalling yards for smallsystems. It is at the same time a great opportunity to search for alink between the shunting work in the railway transport and thetheoretical system approach which presents it as a current scientificproblem. In classical technology the shunting work iscarried out with no application of and no regard for the systemapproach. With new shunting systems in the railway transportthe regard for theory of transport systems is crucial as the secondarylevel of classical methods.As already pointed out, from the theoretical point of viewan important contribution will be made to the use of system theoryfor shunting purposes, since the suggested model effectivelyprovides the approach of analysing separate elements in therailway transport structure into integral shunting operations atthe railway stations.

  14. Favorable results with syringosubarachnoid shunts for treatment of syringomyelia.

    Tator, C H; Meguro, K; Rowed, D W


    From 1969 to 1979, 20 patients with syringomyelia were treated with a syringosubarachnoid shunt. The principal indications for this procedure were: significant progressive neurological deterioration and absent or minimal tonsillar ectopia. There were 15 patients with idiopathic syringomyelia, four with posttraumatic syringomyelia, and one with syringomyelia secondary to spinal arachnoiditis. The operations were performed with an operating microscope, and attention was directed to preserving thearachnoid membrane to ensure proper placement of the distal end of the shunt in an intact subarachnoid space. In all cases, a silicone rubber ventricular catheter was inserted into the syrinx through a posterior midline myelotomy. The average follow-up period was 5 years. A favorable result was obtained in 15 of the 20 patients (75%), including an excellent result with improvement of neurological deficit in 11 patients and a good result with cessation of progression in four patients. In the remaining five patients the result was poor with further progression of neurological deficit. A short duration of preoperative symptoms was usually a favorable prognostic feature. Four patients with a history of less than 6 months all had excellent results. Thirteen patients had a syringosubarachnoid shunt only, and all had good or excellent results. Seven patients had other surgical procedures, before, accompanying, or after shunt placement, and two had favorable results. Thus, the syringosubarachnoid shunt is an effective therapeutic modality for many patients with syringomyelia, particularly if there is little or no tonsillar herniation.

  15. An Enhanced Data Visualization Method for Diesel Engine Malfunction Classification Using Multi-Sensor Signals

    Yiqing Li


    Full Text Available The various multi-sensor signal features from a diesel engine constitute a complex high-dimensional dataset. The non-linear dimensionality reduction method, t-distributed stochastic neighbor embedding (t-SNE, provides an effective way to implement data visualization for complex high-dimensional data. However, irrelevant features can deteriorate the performance of data visualization, and thus, should be eliminated a priori. This paper proposes a feature subset score based t-SNE (FSS-t-SNE data visualization method to deal with the high-dimensional data that are collected from multi-sensor signals. In this method, the optimal feature subset is constructed by a feature subset score criterion. Then the high-dimensional data are visualized in 2-dimension space. According to the UCI dataset test, FSS-t-SNE can effectively improve the classification accuracy. An experiment was performed with a large power marine diesel engine to validate the proposed method for diesel engine malfunction classification. Multi-sensor signals were collected by a cylinder vibration sensor and a cylinder pressure sensor. Compared with other conventional data visualization methods, the proposed method shows good visualization performance and high classification accuracy in multi-malfunction classification of a diesel engine.

  16. Effects of prone position ventilation combined with recruitment maneuver on oxygenation and intrapulmonary shunt in canines with acute respiratory distress syndrome%俯卧位通气联合肺复张手法对急性呼吸窘迫综合征犬氧合及肺内分流的影响

    许启霞; 詹庆元; 王辰; 庞宝森; 李一鸣


    2.75、2.99,P均<0.05).结论 在小潮气量+呼气末正压的肺保护性通气基础上,俯卧位通气联合肺复张手法可以更有效地改善氧合,减少分流.%Objective To evaluate the effects of prone position ventilation(PPV)combined with recruitment maneuver(RM) on oxygenation and intrapulmonary shunting in oleic acid-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome(ARDS)in canines while ventilated with lung protective ventilation strategy.Methods ARDS was induced by oleic acid in 24 dogs,and the animals were ventilated with volume controlled ventilation(VCV),16 em H2O(1 cm H2O:0.098 kPa)of positive end-expiratory pressure(PEEP)and small tidal volumes(VT 10 ml/kg).All the dogs were randomly divided by random digit table into 4 groups(6 each),a control group(supine position,SP group),a prone position group(PP group),a supine position+RM group(SPRM group),and a prone position+RM group(PPRM group),and then were ventilated by VCV for 4 h.Arterial and mixed venous blood gas analyses were measured.Data were analyzed using the SPSS for windows(version 11.5).Results were expressed as (-x) ±s.Homogeneity of variance test was performed.The differences in means were calculated using one-way ANOVA.Post-hoc multiple comparisons of means were performed using Least Significant Difference.Nonparametric tests for several independent samples were performed to compare differences between the ranks in the groups studied.P value of<0.05 was considered statistically significant.Results (1) At 15 min,PaO2/FiO2 in the SPRM group,the PP group and the PPRM group[(368±45)mm Hg(1 mm Hg=0.133 kPa),(349±80)mm Hg,(423±43)mm Hg,respectively] was significantly higher than that in the SP group[(269±72)mm Hg,q=2.77,2.23,4.31,respectively,all P<0.05].At 2 h,PaO2/FiO2 in the PP group and the PPRM group[(401±82)mm Hg,(416±23)mm Hg,respectively] was significantly higher than that in the SP group[(232±40)mm Hg,q=3.99,4.35,respectively,all P<0.05].At 4 h,PaO2/FiO2 in the PPRM group[(384

  17. Predicting ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection in children with hydrocephalus using artificial neural network.

    Habibi, Zohreh; Ertiaei, Abolhasan; Nikdad, Mohammad Sadegh; Mirmohseni, Atefeh Sadat; Afarideh, Mohsen; Heidari, Vahid; Saberi, Hooshang; Rezaei, Abdolreza Sheikh; Nejat, Farideh


    The relationships between shunt infection and predictive factors have not been previously investigated using Artificial Neural Network (ANN) model. The aim of this study was to develop an ANN model to predict shunt infection in a group of children with shunted hydrocephalus. Among more than 800 ventriculoperitoneal shunt procedures which had been performed between April 2000 and April 2011, 68 patients with shunt infection and 80 controls that fulfilled a set of meticulous inclusion/exclusion criteria were consecutively enrolled. Univariate analysis was performed for a long list of risk factors, and those with p value artificial neural networks can predict shunt infection with a high level of accuracy in children with shunted hydrocephalus. Also, the contribution of different risk factors in the prediction of shunt infection can be determined using the trained network.

  18. Initial clinical experience with a new pulsed dye laser device in angioplasty of limb ischemia and shunt fistula obstructions

    Zwaan, M.; Weiss, H.D.; Kagel, H.; Gmelin, E.; Rinast, E. (Medical University of Luebeck (Germany). Department of Radiology); Goethlin, J.H. (Sahlgrenska Sjukhuset, Goeteborg (Sweden)); Kummer, D. (Medical University of Luebeck (Germany). Department of Angiology and Geriatry); Scheu, M. (Medical Laser Center Luebeck (Germany))

    Selective plaque ablation with laser radiation at 405-530 nm in vitro has been reported. The possibilities are investigated of a new pulsed dye laser device for in vivo recanalization of arteries in ischemic lower limbs and stenoses/occlusions of arterio-venous hemo-dialysis shunt fistulae. A specially designed 9F or 7F multifiber catheter was used for treatment of 10 patients with lower limb artery obliterations and 11 patients with malfunctioning hemodialysis access fistulae (HAF). The recanalization technical success was 5/5 in the iliac arteries (IA), 4/5 in the superficial femoral arteries (SFA), and 11/11 in the HAF. Early re-occlusions occurred in one SFA and IA, respectively, caused by very bad run-off. There was one clinically insignificant SFA perforation. Additional balloon angioplasty was considered necessary in 10/16 lesions. Mean ankle-arm index increased from 0.68 to 0.97. With two exceptions all HAF patients were re-integrated in the dialysis program. Pulsed dye laser angioplasty promises to be an effective and fast method for plaque ablation debulking. The first clinical experience confirms previous in vitro results. In particular laser recanalization may become the method of choice for treatment of rigid HAF obstructions and it seems to be superior to vascular surgery or balloon angioplasty alone. (author). 15 refs.; 2 figs.

  19. Delayed intracerebellar hemorrhage secondary to lumboperitoneal shunt insertion

    Er, Uygur; Akyol, Çetin; Bavbek, Murad


    Aim of this paper is to present and discuss a case of a delayed cerebellar parenchymal hemorrhage developing after L/P shunt placement with a NPH patient. A hypertensive patient admitted to our clinic with a diagnosis of NPH. The patient was placed a pressure adjustable L/P shunt without any surgical complication. He was discharged with an uneventful period. The patient was admitted to the emergency clinic of our hospital with a 1.5 × 1.5 cm diameter hematoma at the left cerebellar hemisphere on 2 days after his discharge. CSF drainage by an L/P shunt can generate intracerebellar hemorrhages especially in hypertensive patients. PMID:27695558

  20. The Behaviour of Mistuned Piezoelectric Shunt Systems and Its Estimation

    M. Berardengo


    Full Text Available This paper addresses monoharmonic vibration attenuation using piezoelectric transducers shunted with electric impedances consisting of a resistance and an inductance in series. This type of vibration attenuation has several advantages but suffers from problems related to possible mistuning. In fact, when either the mechanical system to be controlled or the shunt electric impedance undergoes a change in their dynamical features, the attenuation performance decreases significantly. This paper describes the influence of biases in the electric impedance parameters on the attenuation provided by the shunt and proposes an approximated model for a rapid prediction of the vibration damping performance in mistuned situations. The analytical and numerical results achieved within the paper are validated using experimental tests on two different test structures.

  1. [Usefulness of IPC continuous monitoring in shunt dysfunction].

    Horcajadas, A; Román, A; Olivares, G; Saura, E; Jorques, A; Cordero, N; Ibáñez, B; Sánchez, C; Roldán, M A


    Shunt dysfunction is a common situation in neurosurgery. Often symptoms, physical examination and radiology are not enough to set a diagnosis. ICP continuous monitoring is a safe and reliable tool that provides valuable information about CSF dynamics in these patients. Not only quantitative analysis is needed but also a qualitative one that enables pathological waves identification, because high amplitude B waves are strongly related to shunt dysfunction. In this paper experience about ICP continuous monitoring in patients with shunt dysfunction suspect is presented. Quantitative and qualitative data analysis led to a correct diagnosis, improving all the patients treated according to this criterion. An intraparenchymatous Camino® sensor and neuroPICture software (developed by first author) for data collection and graphic representation were used. Complications related to monitoring were absent and graphics obtained useful for qualitative analysis.

  2. Cerebrospinal fluid galactorrhea: a rare complication of ventriculoperitoneal shunting.

    Lee, Sai-Cheung; Chen, Jyi-Feng; Tu, Po-Hsun; Lee, Shih-Tseng


    In this report we describe a 26-year-old woman who had an intra-abdominal pseudocyst located at the peritoneal catheter tip following ventriculo-peritoneal (VP) shunt implantation. Retrograde cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flowed outside the catheter and communicated with the right breast lactiferous ductal system and leaked from the nipple orifice. CSF galactorrhea only occurs when the lactiferous duct is injured during VP shunt implantation, in combination with the formation of an intra-abdominal CSF pseudocyst prior to lactiferous duct healing. Leakage of CSF from the nipple orifice can be successfully treated by simply guiding the peritoneal catheter tip into the peritoneal cavity through a new laparotomy; that is, shunt revision is not always required.

  3. Balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration for gastric variceal bleeding: its feasibility compared with transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt

    Choi, Young Ho; Yoon, Chang Jin; Park, Jae Hyung; Chung, Jin Wook; Kwon, Jong Won [Seoul Natioonal University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Guk Myung [Cheju National University College of Medicine, Jeju (Korea, Republic of)


    To assess the feasibility of balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) in active gastric variceal bleeding, and to compare the findings with those of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS). Twenty-one patients with active gastric variceal bleeding due to liver cirrhosis were referred for radiological intervention. In 15 patients, contrast-enhanced CT scans demonstrated gastrorenal shunt, and the remaining six (Group 1) underwent TIPS. Seven of the 15 with gastrorenal shunt (Group 2) were also treated with TIPS, and the other eight (Group 3) underwent BRTO. All patients were followed up for 6 to 21 (mean, 14.4) months. For statistical inter-group comparison of immediate hemostasis, rebleeding and encephalopathy, Fisher's exact test was used. Changes in the Child-Pugh score before and after each procedure in each group were statistically analyzed by means of Wilcoxon's signed rank test. One patient in Group 1 died of sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and persistent bleeding three days after TIPS, while the remaining 20 survived the procedure with immediate hemostasis. Hepatic encephalopathy developed in four patients (one in Group 1, three in Group 2, and none in Group 3); one, in Group 2, died while in an hepatic coma 19 months after TIPS. Rebleeding occurred in one patient, also in Group 2. Except for transient fever in two Group-3 patients, no procedure-related complication occurred. In terms of immediate hemostasis, rebleeding and encephalopathy, there were no statistically significant differences between the groups (p > 0.05). In Group 3, the Child-Pugh score showed a significant decrease after the procedure (p = 0.02). BRTO can effectively control active gastric variceal bleeding, and because of immediate hemostasis, the absence of rebleeding, and improved liver function, is a good alternative to TIPS in patients in whom such bleeding, accompanied by gastrorenal shunt, occurs.

  4. Treatment of Portosystemic Shunt Myelopathy with a Stent Graft Deployed through a Transjugular Intrahepatic Route

    Jain, Deepak, E-mail:; Arora, Ankur, E-mail: [Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Department of Radiology (India); Deka, Pranjal, E-mail: [Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery (India); Mukund, Amar, E-mail:; Bhatnagar, Shorav, E-mail: [Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Department of Radiology (India); Jindal, Deepti, E-mail:; Kumar, Niteen, E-mail:; Pamecha, Viniyendra, E-mail: [Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery (India)


    A case of surgically created splenorenal shunt complicated with shunt myelopathy was successfully managed by placement of a stent graft within the splenic vein to close the portosystemic shunt and alleviate myelopathy. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a case of shunt myelopathy in a patient with noncirrhotic portal fibrosis without cirrhosis treated by a novel technique wherein a transjugular intrahepatic route was adopted to deploy the stent graft.

  5. Rectal extrusion of the catheter and air ventriculography following bowel perforation in ventriculo-peritoneal shunt

    Arico, M.; Podesta, A.F.; Bianchi, E.; Beluffi, G.; Fiori, P.; Chiari, G.; Pezzotta, S.


    Ventriculo-peritoneal shunt is frequently carried out in infantile hydrocephalus. The peritoneal shunt has a lower morbidity than ventriculo-atrial shunt and severe complications are uncommon. Abdominal complications include intestinal perforation, shunt migration, inguinal hernia, cerebrospinal fluid pseudocysts and hollow viscus perforation. A few cases of catheter extrusion from the rectum, vagina, umbilicus and urethra have been described. We report a new case of intestinal perforation with rectal extrusion of the catheter associated with a ventriculogram.

  6. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt complications in hydrocephalus patients with intracranial tumors: an analysis of relevant risk factors.

    Reddy, G Kesava; Bollam, Papireddy; Caldito, Gloria; Willis, Brian; Guthikonda, Bharat; Nanda, Anil


    Patients with intracranial tumors are predisposed to persistent hydrocephalus, often requiring a permanent CSF diversion procedure with shunts. This study reviews the long-term experience with ventriculoperitoneal shunts for the management of hydrocephalus in patients with intracranial tumors. Patients with intracranial tumors who underwent ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement for hydrocephalus from October 1990 to October 2009 were included in this study. During the 19-year period, medical charts, operative reports, imaging studies, and clinical follow- up evaluations were reviewed and analyzed retrospectively for all patients. A total of 187 intracranial tumor patients with hydrocephalus were included. The median follow up was 391 days. Malignant tumors were present in 40% of the patients. Overall shunt failure was 27.8%. Single shunt revision occurred in 13% of the patients and 14% had multiple shunt revision. Tumor histology, age and a procedure prior to shunt placement (ventriculostomy/Ommaya reservoirs) were significantly associated with the shunt revisions. Shunt system replacement and proximal shunt complication were significantly attributed to multiple shunt revisions. The overall shunt revision within 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and 5 years was 17.7%, 18.7%, 19.8% and 24.1%, respectively. The results of the study demonstrate that VP shunting is an effective for the management of hydrocephalus in patients with intracranial tumors. The overall incidence of shunt revision was 27.8%. Age, tumor histology, and a procedure prior to shunt placement (ventriculostomy/Ommaya reservoirs) were significantly associated with the shunt revisions. Additional studies using minimally invasive techniques are being explored for the management of hydrocephalus in patients with intracranial tumors.

  7. Shunted Piezoelectric Vibration Damping Analysis Including Centrifugal Loading Effects

    Min, James B.; Duffy, Kirsten P.; Provenza, Andrew J.


    Excessive vibration of turbomachinery blades causes high cycle fatigue problems which require damping treatments to mitigate vibration levels. One method is the use of piezoelectric materials as passive or active dampers. Based on the technical challenges and requirements learned from previous turbomachinery rotor blades research, an effort has been made to investigate the effectiveness of a shunted piezoelectric for the turbomachinery rotor blades vibration control, specifically for a condition with centrifugal rotation. While ample research has been performed on the use of a piezoelectric material with electric circuits to attempt to control the structural vibration damping, very little study has been done regarding rotational effects. The present study attempts to fill this void. Specifically, the objectives of this study are: (a) to create and analyze finite element models for harmonic forced response vibration analysis coupled with shunted piezoelectric circuits for engine blade operational conditions, (b) to validate the experimental test approaches with numerical results and vice versa, and (c) to establish a numerical modeling capability for vibration control using shunted piezoelectric circuits under rotation. Study has focused on a resonant damping control using shunted piezoelectric patches on plate specimens. Tests and analyses were performed for both non-spinning and spinning conditions. The finite element (FE) shunted piezoelectric circuit damping simulations were performed using the ANSYS Multiphysics code for the resistive and inductive circuit piezoelectric simulations of both conditions. The FE results showed a good correlation with experimental test results. Tests and analyses of shunted piezoelectric damping control, demonstrating with plate specimens, show a great potential to reduce blade vibrations under centrifugal loading.

  8. Portacaval shunt established in six dogs using magnetic compression technique.

    Xiaopeng Yan

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Installing the transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt for portal hypertension is relatively safe, but complications are still high. To explore a new method of portacaval shunt, the magnetic compression technique was introduced into the shunting procedure. METHODS: A portal-inferior vena cava shunt was performed on 6 male mongrel dogs by two hemocompatible Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets, parent and daughter. The parent magnet was applied to the inferior vena cava guided by a catheter through the femoral vein. The daughter magnet was moved to the anastomosis position on the portal vein with a balloon catheter through the splenic vein. After the daughter magnet reached the target position, the two magnets acted to compress the vessel wall and hold it in place. Five to 7 days later, under X-ray guidance, the magnets were detached from the vessel wall with a rosch-uchida transjugular liver access set. One month later, histological analysis and portal venography were performed. RESULTS: 5-7 days after the first surgery, a mild intimal hyperplasia in the portal vein and the inferior vena cava, and continuity of the vascular adventitia from the portal vein to the inferior vena cava as observed. During the second surgery, the contrast media could be observed flowing from the portal vein into the inferior vena cava. Portal venography revealed that the portosystemic shunt was still present one month after the second surgery. CONCLUSIONS: Magnamosis via a device of novel design was successfully used to establish a portacaval shunt in dogs.

  9. Measurement of shunt amount using radionuclide angiocardiography: accuracy according to level of shunt and associated lesion

    Kim, Yang Min [Sejong General Hospital, Bucheon (Korea, Republic of)


    Determination of pulmonary to systemic blood flow ratio (QP/QS) is important for the management of patients with left-to-right shunt. This study was performed to assess the agreement of Qp/Qs ratio using the radionuclide method and oxymetry, to investigate the factors influencing the agreement, and to know how interchangeable the results of each technique. We compared the Qp/Qs measured by single-pass radionuclide angiocardiography and oxymetry during catheterization in 207 patients who underwent both studies. In radionuclide method, Qp/Qs was calculated from the pulmonary time-activity curves using a gamma variate fit. The correlation and Bland-Altman analysis were performed according to the levels of shunt and associated lesions. The mean Qp/Qs was 1.83 {+-} 0.50 by radionuclide, and 1.74 {+-} 0.51 by oxymetry. The overall correlation coefficient was 0.86 ({rho} 0.001), and Bland-Altman range of agreement encompassing 4SD was 1.05. For atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus, tricuspid and mitral insufficiency, the correlation coefficient was 0.78, 0.90, 0.84, 0.63 and 0.44 and Bland-Altman range was 1.52, 0.74, 0.96, 1.57 and 1.50, respectively. There is good agreement but wide variance between the Qp/Qs ratios by radionuclide method and oxymetry. Associated atrioventricular valvar insufficiency decreases the correlation coefficient and widens the variance. Wide overall variance suggests that Qp/Qs measurements by two techniques should not be used interchangeably.

  10. Dynamic actuation methods for capacitive MEMS shunt switches

    Khater, M. E.; Vummidi, K.; Abdel-Rahman, E. M.; Nayfeh, A. H.; Raman, S.


    We develop dynamic actuation methods for capacitive MEMS shunt switches. We show that the dynamic actuation voltage is significantly less than the static actuation voltage and demonstrate 60% reduction in the actuation voltage. We also show that this reduction in the actuation voltage depends on the specific dynamic switching technique adopted. For a given operating condition, the minimum realizable switching time is that obtained using static switching. However, we developed a dynamic switching method that yields comparable switching time to that minimum. We also found that squeeze-film damping is the dominant damping mechanism for a shunt switch with a relatively slender bridge (aspect ratio of 11:1).

  11. Balanced calibration of resonant shunt circuits for piezoelectric vibration control

    Høgsberg, Jan; Krenk, Steen


    series and parallel RL circuits. The procedure relies on equal modal damping and sufficient separation of the complex poles to avoid constructive interference of the two modes. By comparison with existing design procedures, it is demonstrated that the present calibration leads to a balanced compromise......Shunting of piezoelectric transducers and suitable electric circuits constitutes an effective passive approach to resonant vibration damping of structures. Most common design concepts for resonant resistor-inductor (RL) shunt circuits rely on either maximization of the attainable modal damping...

  12. Surgical treatment of idiopathic syringomyelia: Silastic wedge syringosubarachnoid shunting technique

    Teck M Soo


    Conclusions: Shunting procedures for the syringomyelia disease spectrum have been criticized due to the inconsistent long-term outcomes. This surgical technique used to treat symptomatic idiopathic syringomyelia has been devised based on our intraoperative experience, surgical outcomes, and evaluation of the literature. The purpose of the wedges is to preserve patency of the communication between the syrinx cavity and the expanded subarachnoid space by preventing healing of the myelotomy edges and by maintaining an artificial conduit between the syrinx cavity and the subarachnoid space. Although short-term results are promising, continued long-term follow up is needed to determine the ultimate success of the silastic wedge shunting procedure.

  13. Cryptococcal cerebrospinal fluid shunt infection treated with fluconazole

    Daniel Eymard


    Full Text Available A 37-year-old woman with a cadaveric renal allotransplantation required intra-cranial shunting devices after a presumptive episode of tuberculous meningitis. Six months later, she developed a culture-proven cryptococcal meningitis. Without having her ventriculo-auricular shunt removed, she was successfully treated with a short course of amphotericin B (335 mg and flucytosine (nine days followed by prolonged therapy with oral fluconazole (400 mg daily for 72 days. Three years post treatment she had no evidence of relapse, and normal renal graft function.

  14. A Rare Complication of Subdural-peritoneal Shunt: Migration of Catheter Components through the Pelvic Inlet into the Subdural Space.

    Çakir, Mürteza; Yilmaz, Atilla; Çalikoğlu, Çağatay


    Subdural-peritoneal (SP) shunting is a simple procedure to treat subdural hygromas; however, several rare complications such as shunt migration exist. A 15-year-old boy presented with headache, nausea, and vomiting, and underwent SP shunting for left frontoparietal chronic subdural effusion. Six weeks later, radiographic examinations revealed total migration of the shunt through the pelvic inlet. The migrated shunt was replaced with a new SP shunt. Four weeks later, radiographic examinations revealed shunt migration into the subdural space. The shunt catheter was removed and the subdural effusion was evacuated. Shunt migration may result from pressure differences between the abdomen and the cranium or from head movement, and insufficient fixation and/or large burr holes can facilitate shunt migration. Double firm anchoring and small-sized burr holes can prevent this complication. SP shunt is a simple procedure, and its assumed complications can be prevented through precaution.

  15. Endovascular Retrieval of Migrated Distal End of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt from Bilateral Pulmonary Arteries: A Technical Note.

    Dossani, Rimal Hanif; Maiti, Tanmoy Kumar; Patra, Devi Prasad; Nanda, Anil; Cuellar, Hugo


    Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunting of cerebrospinal fluid is one of the most common procedures performed by neurosurgeons around the world. Migration of distal VP shunt catheter into bilateral segmental pulmonary arteries is an extremely rare complication of VP shunt placement. In the present case, a 30-year-old male underwent VP shunting complicated by migration of distal VP shunt catheter into the bilateral pulmonary arteries. Despite manual attempt at externalizing the distal VP shunt catheter at the level of the clavicle, a small piece of distal VP shunt catheter in bilateral pulmonary arteries was noted on computed tomography of the chest obtained after manual externalization. This persistent distal VP shunt catheter was likely left behind after a break in the distal VP shunt catheter during manual externalization procedure. Given the small size of the segmental pulmonary arteries, a novel endovascular technique was used to move the distal VP shunt catheter from the bilateral segmental pulmonary arteries to the main pulmonary trunk. Once in the main pulmonary trunk, a snare device was used to retrieve the distal shunt catheter through the femoral vein. In this technical note, the authors highlight the relevant endovascular technical details to first move the VP shunt catheter from the bilateral segmental arteries followed by successful catheter retrieval using snare device. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Locally Resonant Gaps of Phononic Beams Induced by Periodic Arrays of Resonant Shunts

    CHEN Sheng-Bing; WEN Ji-Hong; WANG Gang; HAN Xiao-Yun; WEN Xi-Sen


    @@ Periodic arrays of shunted piezoelectric patches are employed to control the propagation of elastic waves in phononic beams.Each piezo-patch is connected to a single resistance-inductance-capacitance shunting circuit.Therefore,the resonances of the shunting circuits will produce locally resonant gaps in the phononic beam.However,the existence of locally resonant gaps induced by resonant shunts has not been clearly proved by experiment so far.In this work,the locally resonant gap in a piezo-shunted phononic beam is investigated theoretically and verified by experiment.The results prove that resonances of shunting circuits can produce locally resonant gaps in phononic beams.%Periodic arrays of shunted piezoelectric patches are employed to control the propagation of elastic waves in phononic beams. Each piezo-patch is connected to a single resistance-inductance-capacitance shunting circuit. Therefore, the resonances of the shunting circuits will produce locally resonant gaps in the phononic beam. However, the existence of locally resonant gaps induced by resonant shunts has not been clearly proved by experiment so far. In this work, the locally resonant gap in a piezo-shunted phononic beam is investigated theoretically and verified by experiment. The results prove that resonances of shunting circuits can produce locally resonant gaps in phononic beams.

  17. Shoulder tip pain: an under-reported complication of ventriculoperitoneal shunt.

    Lim, C


    Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt insertion is the commonest form of treatment for hydrocephalus. Shoulder tip pain after VP shunt insertion is unusual and has only recently been reported. We present a case of excruciating shoulder tip pain due to diaphragmatic irritation after VP shunt insertion.

  18. Posthemorrhagic Hydrocephalus in Newborns: Clinical Characteristics and Role of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunts

    Inn-Chi Lee


    Conclusion: Patients who were shunt-dependent had worse neurodevelopmental outcomes and greater mortality than those without shunts. The results appeared to depend on how far the hydrocephalus had progressed and on the degree of IVH, but the necessity of VP shunts requires reevaluation before they are implanted.




    Shunt nephritis is a rare complication of a chronically infected ventriculoatrial shunt. A 17 year old boy is described, with arthritis in both ankles and positive rheumatoid factor tests, who presented with symptoms of shunt nephritis. Blood cultures were positive for Staphylococcus epidermidis. Th

  20. Ultrasonography of portosystemic shunting in dogs : Doppler studies before, during and after surgery

    Szatmári, V.


    Portosystemic shunting occurs when anomalous veins allow the portal blood to enter the systemic veins directly without first flowing through the hepatic sinusoids. Portosystemic shunting can occur via acquired portosystemic collaterals or via congenital portosystemic shunts and may result in clinica

  1. Perforation into gut by ventriculoperitoneal shunts: A report of two cases and review of the literature

    Abdul Hai


    Full Text Available We report two cases of gastrointestinal perforation by ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunts and review the literature on the topic. The time interval between shunt surgery and detection of bowel perforation is minimum in infants and increases with age. Sigmoid and transverse colon followed by stomach are the most frequent sites of gastrointestinal perforations by VP shunts.

  2. Management for traumatic chronic subdural hematoma patients with well-controlled shunt system for hydrocephalus.

    Yamada, Shoko Mitrrt; Tomia, Yusuke; Murakami, Hideki; Nakane, Makoto


    Traumatic CSDH enlarged in two cases with VP or LP shunt system although the shunt valve pressure was increased to 200 mmH2O. In surgery, the hematoma cavity pressure was found to be 130 and 140 mmH2O, suggesting that to raise the shunt valve pressure is not effective for decreasing CSDH volume.

  3. CSF Ascites: Review of articles and a case presentation

    R Pourkhalili


    Full Text Available Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF ascites is a rare complication after ventriculopritoneal (VP shunts. Most patients have gradual abdominal protrusion without any neurological sign or symptom of shunt malfunction. We presented a girl with posterior third ventricle glioblastoma and acute hydrocephalus who developed increasingly abdominal protrusion one month after VP shunt operation. Ascites fluid examination showed characteristic findings similar to CSF with no evidence of infection or malignant cells. Ventriculo-atrial shunt revision cured patient's ascites. Review articles of patients with CSF ascites after VP shunt were presented in details. Key words: Cerebrospinal fluid, Ascites, Ventriculopritoneal Shunt

  4. Diagnosis of complications in ventriculo-peritoneal and ventriculo-atrial shunts. Diagnostik von Komplikationen ventrikuloperitonealer und ventrikuloatrialer Shunts

    Langen, H.J.; Alzen, G.; Avenarius, R. (Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Klinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik); Mayfrank, L. (Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Klinik fuer Neurochirurgie); Thron, A. (Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Neuroradiologie); Kotlarek, F. (Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Kinderklinik)


    The value of imaging (cranial CT, cranial and abdominal sonography, plain film surveys) was examined retrospectively in 28 shunted children in whom 82 instances of suspected dysfunction arose. There were 23 obstructions, 12 dislocations, 1 disconnection, 6 infections, 3 overdrainages and 5 slit ventricle syndromes. Impaired absorption with ascites, a peritoneal liquor cyst and a seroma occurred in the peritoneal part of the shunt. Progressive dilatation of the ventricle system shown by CCT (89%) or ultrasound was the most sensitive sign of high-pressure hydrocephalus. Periventricular hypodensity and flattening of the gyri (15%) were found less often. An examination strategy in suspected shunt dysfunction is suggested on the basis of these findings. (orig.).

  5. Malfunctions of Implantable Cardiac Devices in Patients Receiving Proton Beam Therapy: Incidence and Predictors

    Gomez, Daniel R., E-mail: [Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Poenisch, Falk [Department of Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Pinnix, Chelsea C. [Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Sheu, Tommy [Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Chang, Joe Y. [Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Memon, Nada [Department of Cardiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Mohan, Radhe [Department of Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Rozner, Marc A. [Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Dougherty, Anne H. [Department of Cardiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States)


    Purpose: Photon therapy has been reported to induce resets of implanted cardiac devices, but the clinical sequelae of treating patients with such devices with proton beam therapy (PBT) are not well known. We reviewed the incidence of device malfunctions among patients undergoing PBT. Methods and Materials: From March 2009 through July 2012, 42 patients with implanted cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED; 28 pacemakers and 14 cardioverter-defibrillators) underwent 42 courses of PBT for thoracic (23, 55%), prostate (15, 36%), liver (3, 7%), or base of skull (1, 2%) tumors at a single institution. The median prescribed dose was 74 Gy (relative biological effectiveness; range 46.8-87.5 Gy), and the median distance from the treatment field to the CIED was 10 cm (range 0.8-40 cm). Maximum proton and neutron doses were estimated for each treatment course. All CIEDs were checked before radiation delivery and monitored throughout treatment. Results: Median estimated peak proton and neutron doses to the CIED in all patients were 0.8 Gy (range 0.13-21 Gy) and 346 Sv (range 11-1100 mSv). Six CIED malfunctions occurred in 5 patients (2 pacemakers and 3 defibrillators). Five of these malfunctions were CIED resets, and 1 patient with a defibrillator (in a patient with a liver tumor) had an elective replacement indicator after therapy that was not influenced by radiation. The mean distance from the proton beam to the CIED among devices that reset was 7.0 cm (range 0.9-8 cm), and the mean maximum neutron dose was 655 mSv (range 330-1100 mSv). All resets occurred in patients receiving thoracic PBT and were corrected without clinical incident. The generator for the defibrillator with the elective replacement indicator message was replaced uneventfully after treatment. Conclusions: The incidence of CIED resets was about 20% among patients receiving PBT to the thorax. We recommend that PBT be avoided in pacing-dependent patients and that patients with any type of CIED receiving

  6. High-Flow Arterio-Hepatic Venous Shunt in Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Use of Multi-Electrode Radiofrequency for Shunt Obliteration

    Pua, Uei, E-mail: [Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Department of Diagnostic Radiology (Singapore)


    Intra-tumoral arterio-hepatic venous shunting (AHVS) poses an impediment to transarterial chemoembolization of liver tumors. Not only does it present a potential hazard for systemic shunting and embolization, but also the altered flow dynamics may also result in poor delivery of drug/embolics to the target tumor bed. Current available techniques to overcome AVHS include arterial embolization (particles, coils, glue, etc.) or temporary venous occlusion using balloons. We hereby illustrate the use of radiofrequency ablation to obliterate a complex AHVS consisting of a varix-like venous aneurysm.

  7. Vascularização temporária de membros isquêmicos por meio de shunt arteriomedular: trabalho experimental Temporary vascularization on ischemic limbs through arterial-medullar shunt: an experimental work

    Ronaldo André Poerschke


    Full Text Available CONTEXTO: Os autores idealizaram um shunt temporário entre a artéria femoral e o canal medular de ossos longos para manter a viabilidade dos membros agudamente isquêmicos, enquanto não é possível estabelecer um tratamento definitivo. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a perviedade de shunts temporários arteriomedulares e a perfusão dos membros, durante duas horas em cães de experimentação, que tiveram a artéria femoral ligada. MÉTODOS: Alocaram-se aleatoriamente dois grupos, com três cães no Grupo Controle e seis no Grupo Intervenção. Os controles tiveram a artéria femoral comum direita ligada. O Grupo Intervenção, além da ligadura da artéria, recebeu um shunt. Após duas horas, realizou-se a medida de pH dos membros isquêmicos; avaliação do fluxo arterial por meio de um sonar Doppler; avaliação da coloração do sangramento na extremidade distal do membro e foram retirados em bloco torácico os pulmões para análise anatomopatológica. RESULTADOS: A média do pH do sangue capilar das extremidades do membros no Grupo Controle foi de 6,97 (±0,39; no Grupo Intervenção o pH foi de 7,25 (±0,46, com pBACKGROUND: The authors idealized a temporary shunt between the femoral artery and the medullar canal on long bones to keep the viability of acutely ischemic limbs, while waiting for a definitive treatment. OBJECTIVE: To assess the flow on temporary shunts between the femoral artery and the marrow canal of the tibia during two hours in experimental dogs, which had the femoral artery interrupted. METHODS: Two groups with three dogs on the Control Group and six on the Intervention Group were allocated at random. The controls had the right femoral common artery interrupted. The Intervention Group received a shunt between the iliac external artery and the medullar canal of the right tibia in addition. After two hours, the measure of the pH, blood coloration, blood flow in sonar Doppler on the ischemic limbs were performed. The lungs were

  8. Assessment of surgical portosystemic shunts and associated complications: The diagnostic and therapeutic role of radiologists

    Taslakian, Bedros, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Riad El-Solh 1107 2020—PO Box: 11-0236, Beirut (Lebanon); Faraj, Walid, E-mail: [Department of General Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Riad El-Solh 1107 2020—PO Box: 11-0236, Beirut (Lebanon); Khalife, Mohammad, E-mail: [Department of General Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Riad El-Solh 1107 2020—PO Box: 11-0236, Beirut (Lebanon); Al-Kutoubi, Aghiad, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Riad El-Solh 1107 2020—PO Box: 11-0236, Beirut (Lebanon); El-Merhi, Fadi, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Riad El-Solh 1107 2020—PO Box: 11-0236, Beirut (Lebanon); Saade, Charbel, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Riad El-Solh 1107 2020—PO Box: 11-0236, Beirut (Lebanon); Hallal, Ali, E-mail: [Department of General Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Riad El-Solh 1107 2020—PO Box: 11-0236, Beirut (Lebanon); Haydar, Ali, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Riad El-Solh 1107 2020—PO Box: 11-0236, Beirut (Lebanon)


    Highlights: • Portal hypertension is the pathological increase in portal venous pressure. • Surgical portosystemic shunting is an accepted methods to decrease portal venous pressure. • Surgical portosystemic shunts are divided into selective and nonselective. • Shunt thrombosis is a serious complication, resulting in shunt dysfunction. • Imaging is essential in the assessment of the shunt function and anatomy. - Abstract: Surgical portosystemic shunting, the formation of a vascular connection between the portal and systemic venous circulation, has been used as a treatment to reduce portal venous pressure. Although the use of portosystemic shunt surgery in the management of portal hypertension has declined during the past decade in favour of alternative therapies, and subsequently surgeons and radiologists became less familiar with the procedure, it remains a well-established treatment. Knowledge of different types of surgical portosystemic shunts, their pathophysiology and complications will help radiologists improve communication with surgeons and enhance their understanding of the diagnostic and therapeutic role of radiology in the assessment and management of these shunts. Optimal assessment of the shunt is essential to determine its patency and allow timely intervention. Both non-invasive and invasive imaging modalities complement each other in the evaluation of surgical portosystemic shunts. Interventional radiology plays an important role in the management of complications, such as shunt thrombosis and stenosis. This article describes the various types of surgical portosystemic shunts, explains the anatomy and pathophysiology of these shunts, illustrates the pearls and pitfalls of different imaging modalities in the assessment of these shunts and demonstrates the role of radiologists in the interventional management of complications.

  9. Beta-lactam antibiotics induce a lethal malfunctioning of the bacterial cell wall synthesis machinery

    Cho, Hongbaek; Uehara, Tsuyoshi; Bernhardt, Thomas G.


    SUMMARY Penicillin and related beta-lactams comprise one of our oldest and most widely used antibiotic therapies. These drugs have long been known to target enzymes called penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) that build the bacterial cell wall. Investigating the downstream consequences of target inhibition and how they contribute to the lethal action of these important drugs, we demonstrate that beta-lactams do more than just inhibit the PBPs as is commonly believed. Rather, they induce a toxic malfunctioning of their target biosynthetic machinery involving a futile cycle of cell wall synthesis and degradation, thereby depleting cellular resources and bolstering their killing activity. Characterization of this mode of action additionally revealed a quality-control function for enzymes that cleave bonds in the cell wall matrix. The results thus provide insight into the mechanism of cell wall assembly and suggest how best to interfere with the process for future antibiotic development. PMID:25480295

  10. Feasibility Analysis on Simulation of PLCS Malfunction Event using SPACE Code

    Kim, Ung Soo; Lee, Cheol Shin; Sohn, Jong Joo [KEPCO-E and C, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    A computer code named 'Safety and Performance Analysis Code (SPACE)' has been being developed in order to replace several existing computer codes used in designing nuclear power plant (NPP) in Korea. This SPACE code is a system code and should be able to simulate various plant events, needed for safety analysis of pressurized water reactors (PWRs), such as loss of coolant accident (LOCA), steam line break (SLB), feedwater line break (FLB), steam generator tube rupture (SGTR), and several anticipated operational occurrences (AOOs). Therefore, respective simulations of above events with the SPACE code should be verified and validated to utilize this code in the safety analysis. In this work, a feasibility analysis is performed for the simulation of pressurizer level control system (PLCS) malfunction event for the Shin-Kori units 3 and 4 (SKN 3 and 4)

  11. Time-resolved in-situ measurement of mitochondrial malfunction by energy transfer spectroscopy

    Schneckenburger, Herbert; Gschwend, Michael H.; Strauss, Wolfgang S. L.; Sailer, Reinhard; Schoch, Lars; Schuh, Alexander; Stock, Karl; Steiner, Rudolf W.; Zipfl, Peter


    To establish optical in situ detection of mitochondrial malfunction, non-radiative energy transfer from the coenzyme NADH to the mitochondrial marker rhodamine 123 (R123) was examined. Dual excitation of R123 via energy transfer from excited NADH molecules as well as by direct absorption of light results in two fluorescence signals whose ratio is a measure of mitochondrial NADH. An experimental setup was developed, where these signals are detected simultaneously using a time-gated technique for energy transfer measurements and a frequency selective technique for direct excitation and fluorescence monitoring of R123. Optical and electronic components of the apparatus are described, and preliminary result of cultivated endothelial cells are reported. Results are compared with those obtained from a previously established microscopic system and discussed in view of potential applications.

  12. When do the symptoms of autonomic nervous system malfunction appear in patients with Parkinson's disease?

    De Luka, Silvio R; Svetel, Marina; Pekmezović, Tatjana; Milovanović, Branislav; Kostić, Vladimir S


    Dysautonomia appears in almost all patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) in a certain stage of their condition. The aim of our study was to detect the development and type of autonomic disorders, find out the factors affecting their manifestation by analyzing the potential association with demographic variables related to clinical presentation, as well as the symptoms of the disease in a PD patient cohort. The patients with PD treated at the Clinic of Neurology in Belgrade during a 2-year period, divided into 3 groups were studied: 25 de novo patients, 25 patients already treated and had no long-term levodopa therapy-related complications and 22 patients treated with levodopa who manifested levodopa-induced motor complications. Simultaneously, 35 healthy control subjects, matched by age and sex, were also analyzed. Autonomic nervous system malfunction was defined by Ewing diagnostic criteria. The tests, indicators of sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, were significantly different in the PD patients as compared with the controls, suggesting the failure of both systems. However, it was shown, in the selected groups of patients, that the malfunction of both systems was present in two treated groups of PD patients, while de novo group manifested only sympathetic dysfunction. For this reason, the complete autonomic neuropathy was diagnosed only in the treated PD patients, while de novo patients were defined as those with the isolated sympathetic dysfunction. The patients with the complete autonomic neuropathy differed from the subjects without such neuropathy in higher cumulative and motor unified Parkinson's disease rating score (UPDRS) (p nervous system disturbances among PD patients from the near onset of disease, with a predominant sympathetic nervous system involvement. The patients who developed complete autonomic neuropathy (both sympathetic and parasympathetic) were individuals with considerable level of functional failure, more severe clinical

  13. NH4+ triggers the release of astrocytic lactate via mitochondrial pyruvate shunting

    Lerchundi, Rodrigo; Fernández-Moncada, Ignacio; Contreras-Baeza, Yasna; Sotelo-Hitschfeld, Tamara; Mächler, Philipp; Wyss, Matthias T.; Stobart, Jillian; Baeza-Lehnert, Felipe; Alegría, Karin; Weber, Bruno; Barros, L. Felipe


    Neural activity is accompanied by a transient mismatch between local glucose and oxygen metabolism, a phenomenon of physiological and pathophysiological importance termed aerobic glycolysis. Previous studies have proposed glutamate and K+ as the neuronal signals that trigger aerobic glycolysis in astrocytes. Here we used a panel of genetically encoded FRET sensors in vitro and in vivo to investigate the participation of NH4+, a by-product of catabolism that is also released by active neurons. Astrocytes in mixed cortical cultures responded to physiological levels of NH4+ with an acute rise in cytosolic lactate followed by lactate release into the extracellular space, as detected by a lactate-sniffer. An acute increase in astrocytic lactate was also observed in acute hippocampal slices exposed to NH4+ and in the somatosensory cortex of anesthetized mice in response to i.v. NH4+. Unexpectedly, NH4+ had no effect on astrocytic glucose consumption. Parallel measurements showed simultaneous cytosolic pyruvate accumulation and NADH depletion, suggesting the involvement of mitochondria. An inhibitor-stop technique confirmed a strong inhibition of mitochondrial pyruvate uptake that can be explained by mitochondrial matrix acidification. These results show that physiological NH4+ diverts the flux of pyruvate from mitochondria to lactate production and release. Considering that NH4+ is produced stoichiometrically with glutamate during excitatory neurotransmission, we propose that NH4+ behaves as an intercellular signal and that pyruvate shunting contributes to aerobic lactate production by astrocytes. PMID:26286989

  14. Pitfalls in the Performance and Interpretation of Scintigraphic Imaging for Pleuroperitoneal Shunt.

    Covington, Matthew F; Choudhary, Gagandeep; Avery, Ryan J; Kuo, Phillip H


    Ascites can cause pleural effusions when the peritoneal fluid crosses the diaphragm through a pleuroperitoneal shunt in the setting of hepatic cirrhosis (hepatic hydrothorax) or malignant ascites. Scintigraphic imaging for pleuroperitoneal shunt requires intraperitoneal injection of Tc-SC or Tc-macroaggregated albumin followed by planar imaging of the chest and abdomen. Pleuroperitoneal shunt is confirmed by identifying radiotracer crossing the diaphragm from the peritoneal to pleural space. An atlas of pleuroperitoneal shunt imaging pitfalls is presented to facilitate optimal performance and interpretation of nuclear pleuroperitoneal shunt examinations. Examples include cases of nondiagnostic radiotracer injections, processing errors, and nontarget uptake.

  15. Pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade after ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement: a case report.

    Wiwattanadittakul, Natrujee; Katanyuwong, Kamornwan; Jetjumnong, Chumpon; Sittiwangkul, Rekwan; Makonkawkeyoon, Krit


    Insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt is a common neurosurgical procedure in both adult and paediatric patients. It is one of the most important treatments in cases of hydrocephalus; however, there is a wide range of complications: the most common complication being a shunt infection, and examples of rare complications are shunt migrations and cardiac tamponade. Several reports of distal ventriculoperitoneal shunt migration in different sites, including chest, right ventricle, pulmonary artery, bowel and scrotum were published. But pericardial effusion with cardiac tamponade and its relationship to distal ventriculoperitoneal shunt migration into the pericardial sac has never been reported.

  16. Wideband digital phase comparator for high current shunts

    Pogliano, Umberto; Serazio, Danilo


    A wideband phase comparator for precise measurements of phase difference of high current shunts has been developed at INRIM. The two-input digital phase detector is realized with a precision wideband digitizer connected through a pair of symmetric active guarded transformers to the outputs of the shunts under comparison. Data are first acquired asynchronously, and then transferred from on-board memory to host memory. Because of the large amount of data collected the filtering process and the analysis algorithms are performed outside the acquisition routine. Most of the systematic errors can be compensated by a proper inversion procedure. The system is suitable for comparing shunts in a wide range of currents, from several hundred of milliampere up to 100 A, and frequencies ranging between 500 Hz and 100 kHz. Expanded uncertainty (k=2) less than 0.05 mrad, for frequency up to 100 kHz, is obtained in the measurement of the phase difference of a group of 10 A shunts, provided by some European NMIs, using a digit...

  17. Small-Diameter PTFE Portosystemic Shunts: Portocaval vs Mesocaval

    Robert Shields


    Full Text Available Fifty-seven patients with failed sclerotherapy received a mesocaval interposition shunt with an externally supported, ringed polytetrafluoroethylene prosthesis of either 10 or 12 mm diameter. Thirty-one patients had Child-Pugh gradeA disease and 26 grade B; all had a liver volume of 1000– 2500 ml. Follow-up ranged from 16 months to 6 years 3 months. Three patients (5 per cent died in the postoperative period. There were two postoperative recurrences of variceal haemorrhage and one recurrent bleed in the second year after surgery. The cumulative shunt patency rate was 95 per cent and the incidence of encephalopathy 9 per cent; the latter was successfully managed by protein restriction and/or lactulose therapy. The actuarial survival rate for the whole group at 6 years was 78 per cent, for those with Child-Pugh grade A 88 per cent and for grade B 67 per cent. Small-lumen mesocaval interposition shunting achieves portal decompression, preserves hepatopetal flow, has a low incidence of shunt thrombosis, prevents recurrent variceal bleeding and is not associated with significant postoperative encephalopathy.

  18. Comparison of passive inductor designs for piezoelectric shunt damping

    Lossouarn, Boris; Thierry, Olivier; Aucejo, Mathieu; Deü, Jean-François


    Considering piezoelectric damping, a resonant shunt can lead to a significant vibration reduction when tuned to the mechanical mode to control. However, limits appear when looking at practical applications in a low frequency range: the required inductance is often too high to be satisfied with standard passive components. Moreover, even if the inductor is eventually available, the internal resistance of the component generally exceeds the value which is required for a shunt optimization. Suitable inductors can be designed for applications requiring high inductance and low resistance values. Indeed, the permeance of a magnetic circuit can be significantly increased by the use of closed cores made of high permeability materials. In this paper, three designs are described and compared: an inductor from standard series and two handmade inductors involving a ferrite core and a nanocrystalline toroid. The components are successively integrated into a piezoelectric shunt dedicated to the vibration control of a cantilever beam. Depending on the frequency of the target mechanical mode to control, the benefits and the limits of the different inductors are observed. It is shown that custom designs can definitely extend to lower frequency the application of the passive resonant shunt strategy.

  19. Congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunt associated with heterotaxy and polysplenia

    Newman, Beverley [Lucile Packard Children' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA (United States); Feinstein, Jeffrey A. [Stanford University School of Medicine, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Lucile Packard Children' s Hospital, Stanford (United States); Cohen, Ronald A.; Patel, Hitendra [Children' s Hospital and Research Center, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Oakland, CA (United States); Feingold, Brian; Kreutzer, Jacqueline [Children' s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Chan, Fandics P. [Stanford University School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Imaging Section, Department of Radiology, Lucile Packard Children' s Hospital, Stanford, CA (United States)


    Heterotaxy with polysplenia is associated with many cardiovascular anomalies including the occasional occurrence of congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunts (CEPS). Missing this anomaly can lead to inappropriate and ineffective therapy. To emphasize the importance and associated anatomy of CEPS in conjunction with heterotaxy with polysplenia. Review of three young children who presented with cyanosis and pulmonary hypertension without a cardiac etiology. They were known (1) or discovered (2) to have heterotaxy with polysplenia. There was absence of the intrahepatic inferior vena cava (IVC) with azygos or hemiazygos continuation in all three cases. In spite of normal liver function, they were discovered to have large portosystemic shunts, splenorenal in location, along with diffuse peripheral pulmonary arterial dilatation suggestive of CEPS (Abernethy malformation) with hepatopulmonary or, more accurately, portopulmonary syndrome. All CEPS were ipsilateral to the spleens. Patency of the portal veins in these cases allowed for percutaneous shunt closure with resolution of cyanosis. CEPS is associated with heterotaxy with polysplenia and can be symptomatic because of pulmonary arteriovenous (AV) shunting. Portal and hepatic vein patency are critical for determining feasibility of CEPS closure. (orig.)

  20. Metabolic responses to moderate exercise in lambs with aortopulmonary shunts

    Beaufort-Krol, GCM; Takens, J; Zijlstra, WG; Molenkamp, MC; Gerding, AM; Kuipers, JRG

    In a previous study we found, after an overnight fast of 18 hours, a lower arterial glucose concentration and a depressed glycogenolysis in lambs with aortopulmonary left-to-right shunts. During exercise, glucose and free fatty acids (FFA) concentrations normally increase. The aim of this study was

  1. Metabolic responses to moderate exercise in lambs with aortopulmonary shunts

    Beaufort-Krol, GCM; Takens, J; Zijlstra, WG; Molenkamp, MC; Gerding, AM; Kuipers, JRG


    In a previous study we found, after an overnight fast of 18 hours, a lower arterial glucose concentration and a depressed glycogenolysis in lambs with aortopulmonary left-to-right shunts. During exercise, glucose and free fatty acids (FFA) concentrations normally increase. The aim of this study was

  2. Risk factors associated with distal catheter migration following ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement.

    Abode-Iyamah, Kingsley O; Khanna, Ryan; Rasmussen, Zachary D; Flouty, Oliver; Dahdaleh, Nader S; Greenlee, Jeremy; Howard, Matthew A


    Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt placement is used to treat hydrocephalus. Shunt migration following VP shunt placement has been reported. The risk factors related to this complication have not been previously evaluated to our knowledge. In this retrospective cohort study, we aimed to determine risk factors leading to distal catheter migration and review the literature on the current methods of management and prevention. Adult patients undergoing VP shunt placement from June 2011 to December 2013 at a single institution were identified using electronic health records. The records were reviewed for demographic and procedural information, and subsequent treatment characteristics. The parameters of patients with distal shunt migration were compared to those undergoing new VP shunt placement for the same time period. We identified 137 patients undergoing 157 new VP shunt procedures with an average age of 57.7 ± standard deviation of 18.4 years old. There were 16 distal shunt migrations. Body mass index >30 kg/m(2) and number of previous shunt procedures were found to be independent risk factors for distal catheter migration. Obesity and number of previous shunt procedures were factors for distal catheter migration. Providers and patients should be aware of these possible risk factors prior to VP shunt placement.

  3. Experimental comparison of piezoelectric and magnetostrictive shunt dampers

    Asnani, Vivake M.; Deng, Zhangxian; Scheidler, Justin J.; Dapino, Marcelo J.


    A novel mechanism called the vibration ring is being developed to enable energy conversion elements to be incorporated into the driveline of a helicopter or other rotating machines. Unwanted vibration is transduced into electrical energy, which provides a damping effect on the driveline. The generated electrical energy may also be used to power other devices (e.g., health monitoring sensors). PZT (`piezoceramic') and PMN-30%PT (`single crystal') stacks, as well as a Tb0.3Dy0.7Fe1.92 (`Terfenol-D') rod with a bias magnet array and a pickup coil, were tested as alternative energy conversion elements to use within the vibration ring. They were tuned for broadband damping using shunt resistors, and dynamic compression testing was conducted in a high-speed load frame. Energy conversion was experimentally optimized at 750Hz by tuning the applied bias stress and resistance values. Dynamic testing was conducted up to 1000Hz to determine the effective compressive modulus, shunt loss factor, internal loss factor, and total loss factor. Some of the trends of modulus and internal loss factor versus frequency were unexplained. The single crystal device exhibited the greatest shunt loss factor whereas the Terfenol-D device had the highest internal and total loss factors. Simulations revealed that internal losses in the Terfenol-D device were elevated by eddy current effects, and an improved magnetic circuit could enhance its shunt damping capabilities. Alternatively, the Terfenol-D device may be simplified to utilize only the eddy current dissipation mechanism (no pickup coil or shunt) to create broadband damping.

  4. Control of an electromechanical hydrocephalus shunt--a new approach.

    Elixmann, Inga M; Kwiecien, Monika; Goffin, Christine; Walter, Marian; Misgeld, Berno; Kiefer, Michael; Steudel, Wolf-Ingo; Radermacher, Klaus; Leonhardt, Steffen


    Hydrocephalus is characterized by an excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Therapeutically, an artificial pressure relief valve (so-called shunt) is implanted which opens in case of increased intracranial pressure (ICP) and drains CSF into another body compartment. Today, available shunts are of a mechanical nature and drainage depends on the pressure drop across the shunt. According to the latest data, craniospinal compliance is considered to be even more important than mean ICP alone. In addition, ICP is not constant but varies due to several influences. In fact, heartbeat-related ICP waveform patterns depend on volume changes in the cranial vessels during a heartbeat and changes its shape as a function of craniospinal compliance. In this paper, we present an electromechanical shunt approach, which changes the CSF drainage as a function of the current ICP waveform. A series of 12 infusion tests in patients were analyzed and revealed a trend between the compliance and specific features of the ICP waveform. For waveform analysis of patient data, an existing signal processing algorithm was improved (using a Moore machine) and was implemented on a low-power microcontroller within the electromechanical shunt. In a test rig, the ICP waveforms were replicated and the decisions of the ICP analysis algorithm were verified. The proposed control algorithm consists of a cascaded integral controller which determines the target ICP from the measured waveform, and a faster inner-loop integral controller that keeps ICP close to the target pressure. Feedforward control using measurement data of the patient's position was implemented to compensate for changes in hydrostatic pressure during change in position. A model-based design procedure was used to lay out controller parameters in a simple model of the cerebrospinal system. Successful simulation results have been obtained with this new approach by keeping ICP within the target range for a healthy waveform.

  5. Peroral extrusion of ventriculoperitoneal shunt: Case report and review of literature

    Sridhar K


    Full Text Available A rare complication of ventriculoperitoneal shunting (VPS is bowel perforation by the peritoneal catheter of the shunt tube. Rarer still is the peroral extrusion of such a perforated shunt. A two-month-old infant with history of neonatal meningitis, presented with a large head, bulging fontanelle, and hydrocephalus. A VPS was inserted. The child was doing well till the age of eight months, when following vomiting, the peritoneal end of the shunt came out through the mouth. The shunt was removed and antibiotics started. At follow up after 12 months, the child was doing well. Peroral extrusion of the shunt tube needs prompt treatment, including removal of the extruded shunt tube, and attention to bowel perforation and possible cerebrospinal fluid infection. The reported patient is younger than the five cases reported earlier. Strategies in the management of this complication are reviewed. An individualized approach is essential for the successful treatment of this rare complication.

  6. Badness, madness and the brain - the late 19th-century controversy on immoral persons and their malfunctioning brains

    Schirmann, Felix


    In the second half of the 19th-century, a group of psychiatric experts discussed the relation between brain malfunction and moral misconduct. In the ensuing debates, scientific discourses on immorality merged with those on insanity and the brain. This yielded a specific definition of what it means t

  7. Using Noninvasive Brain Measurement to Explore the Psychological Effects of Computer Malfunctions on Users during Human-Computer Interactions

    Leanne M. Hirshfield


    Full Text Available In today’s technologically driven world, there is a need to better understand the ways that common computer malfunctions affect computer users. These malfunctions may have measurable influences on computer user’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses. An experiment was conducted where participants conducted a series of web search tasks while wearing functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS and galvanic skin response sensors. Two computer malfunctions were introduced during the sessions which had the potential to influence correlates of user trust and suspicion. Surveys were given after each session to measure user’s perceived emotional state, cognitive load, and perceived trust. Results suggest that fNIRS can be used to measure the different cognitive and emotional responses associated with computer malfunctions. These cognitive and emotional changes were correlated with users’ self-report levels of suspicion and trust, and they in turn suggest future work that further explores the capability of fNIRS for the measurement of user experience during human-computer interactions.

  8. Shunt implantations and peritoneal catheters: Do not cut beyond 20 cm

    Angelo Luiz Maset


    Full Text Available Background: Ventriculoperitoneal shunts are supplied with long peritoneal catheters, most commonly between 80 and 120 cm long. ISO/DIS 7197/2006 [15] shunt manufacturing procedures include peritoneal catheter as an integrate of the total resistance. Cutting pieces of peritoneal catheters upon shunt implantation or revision is a common procedure. Methods: We evaluated five shunts assembled with different total pressure resistances and variable peritoneal catheter lengths in order to clarify the changes that occurred in the hydrodynamic profile when peritoneal catheters were cut upon shunt implantation or shunt revision. Results: Originally, all shunts performed within the operational range. Shunt 1 performed in a lower pressure range at 200 mm cut off peritoneal catheter and as a low-pressure shunt with -300 mm cut off. Shunt 2 was manufactured to run at the higher border pressure range, and it went out of specification with a 300 mm cut off. Shunt 3 was manufactured to run close to the lower border pressure range, and at 100 mm cutoff, it was already borderline in a lower resistive category. Other shunts also responded similarly. Conclusion: The limit to maintain a shunt in its original pressure settings was 20 cm peritoneal catheter cutting length. By cutting longer pieces of peritoneal catheter, one would submit patients to a less-resistive regimen than intended and his reasoning will be compromised. The pediatric population is more prone to suffer from the consequences of cutting catheters. Shunt manufacturers should consider adopting peritoneal catheters according to the age (height of the patient.

  9. An experimental in-vivo canine model for adult shunt infection

    Procop Gary


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Detailed human studies of the mechanisms and development of shunt infection in real time are not possible, and we have developed a canine hydrocephalus model to overcome this. The intention of this pilot study was to show that the canine hydrocephalus model could be shunted using conventional "human" shunts, and that a shunt infection could be established so that further studies could then be planned. Methods Hydrocephalus was induced in seven dogs (Canis familiaris by fourth ventricle obstruction. Four weeks later they were shunted using a Hakim Precision valve. Four of the dogs received shunts whose ventricular catheter had been inoculated with Staphylococcus epidermidis, and three were uninoculated controls. Four weeks after shunting the dogs were sacrificed and necropsy was performed. Removed shunts and tissue samples were examined microbiologically and isolates were subjected to detailed identification and genomic comparison. Results All the dogs remained well after shunting. Examination of removed shunt components revealed S. epidermidis in the brain and throughout the shunt system in the four inoculated animals, but in two of these Staphylococcus intermedius was also found. S. intermedius was also isolated from all three "negative" controls. There were slight differences between S. intermedius strains suggesting endogenous infection rather than cross- infection from a point source. Conclusion Shunt infection was established in the canine model, and had the experiment been extended beyond four weeks the typical microbiological, pathological and clinical features might have appeared. The occurrence of unplanned shunt infections in control animals due to canine normal skin flora reflects human clinical experience and underlines the usual source of bacteria causing shunt infection.

  10. The Thai Anesthesia Incident Monitoring Study (Thai AIMS) of anesthetic equipment failure/malfunction: an analysis of 1996 incident reports.

    Kusumaphanyo, Chaiyapruk; Charuluxananan, Somrat; Sriramatr, Dujduen; Pulnitiporn, Aksorn; Sriraj, Wimonrat


    The present study is a part of the multi-centered study of model of anesthesia relating adverse events in Thailand by incident report (The Thai Anesthesia Incident Monitoring Study or Thai AIMS). The objective was to identify the frequency distribution, contributing factors, and factors minimizing incident of equipment failure/malfunction. As a prospective descriptive research design, anesthesia providers reported the data as soon as the incidents of equipment failure/malfunction occurred. Standardized forms of incident report were then mailed to the center at Chulalongkorn University and three anesthesiologists reviewed the data. Ninety-two cases of equipment failure/malfunction were reported from 51 hospitals across Thailand Between January and June 2007, 92 incidents of equipment failure/malfunction were reported out of 1996 anesthesia-related incidents (4.6%). Failed/malfunctioned equipment included anesthetic circuit (17.4%), anesthesia machine (15.2%), capnography (15.2%), laryngoscope (15.2%), ventilator (12%), pulse oximeter (8.7%), vaporizer (4.3%), endotracheal tube (3.3%), sodalime (3.3%), and electrocardiogram (2.2%). All 16 anesthetic circuit incidents (100%) were detected by clinical signs whereas five incidents (31.3%) were detected firstly by monitors. All 14 laryngoscope malfunction (100%) were detected solely by clinical signs. Only one out of eight (12.5%) of pulse oximeter incidents was detected by clinical signs before the pulse oximeter itself. Three out of four (75%) incidents of vaporizer were detected by clinical signs before monitors. The majority of equipment malfunction was considered as related to anesthetic (69.6%) and system factors (69.6%) and 71.7% of incidents were preventable. Seventy-four incidents (80.4%) were caused by human error and, specifically, rule-based error in three fourths. Contributing factors were ineffective equipment, haste, lack of experience, ineffective monitors, and inadequate equipment. Factors minimizing

  11. Systemic-pulmonary artery shunts in infants: modified Blalock-Taussig and central shunt procedures.

    Brooks, Andre


    Access is gained through a midline sternotomy, the thymus partially excised and the superior part of the pericardium is opened. The innominate vein is retracted and the innominate artery is mobilized up to the bifurcation. The aorta is retracted to the left, the superior vena cavae to the right and the right atrial appendage inferiorly. The adventitia around the right pulmonary artery (PA) is dissected, taking care to incise the bulky pericardial reflection between the superior vena cavae and the trachea. Heparin is administrated. An occlusive clamp is applied to the right PA to test for haemodynamic tolerance prior to proceeding with the interposition of a suitable size artificial vascular prosthesis, based on the weight of the patient, between the innominate artery, or proximal subclavian artery and the right PA. Alternatively, if a sufficient main PA is present and adequate flow from a patent ductus arteriosus an end-to-side interposition shunt may be constructed between the ascending aorta and the main PA, provided the patient is stable with the test occlusion of the main PA. The management of the patent arterial ductus depends on whether or not there is forward flow through the PA.

  12. The orbital volume measurement in patients with ventriculoperitoneal shunt.

    Kim, Jong-Min; Chang, Moo-Hwan; Kyung, Sungeun E


    Enophthalmos occurs from the increased bony volume or decreased soft tissue volume in the orbit and can be caused in patients with long-term ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt. This study tried to find out the change of orbital volume by measuring the orbital volume before and after operation in adult patients who underwent VP shunt for hydrocephalus. The 2 evaluators measured orbital volume by using ITK-SNAP 2.4 program with double-blind test for computed tomography images before and after operation targeting 36 patients over the age of 18 who underwent VP shunt with pressure-controlled valve from 2003 to 2011. Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-rank test of GraphPad software was used to statistically analyze the difference in orbital volume change before and after operation. In case of mean pre-op orbital volume of total 36 patients, the right was measured as 23.72 ± 4.65 cm(3), the left as 23.47 ± 4.61 cm(3), the post-op right as 24.67 ± 4.70 cm(3), and the left as 24.18 ± 4.63 cm(3), showing no statistically significant difference (P = 0.106). The mean pre-op orbital volume of 14 people (28 eyes) followed for more than 11 months was 25.06 ± 4.58 cm(3) in the right and 24.4 ± 5.02 cm(3) in the left and the mean post-op orbital volume was 27.0 ± 4.28 cm(3) in the right and 25.76 ± 3.92 cm(3) in the left, showing statistically significant differences in the change of the volume before and after shunt operation (P = 0.0057). In patients who maintain long-term shunt devices after VP shunt, remodeling of matured orbital bone may be caused due to the change in pressure gradient between cranial cavity and orbit and the possible occurrence of resulting secondary enophthalmos by increased orbital volume should be considered.

  13. Assessment of surgical portosystemic shunts and associated complications: The diagnostic and therapeutic role of radiologists.

    Taslakian, Bedros; Faraj, Walid; Khalife, Mohammad; Al-Kutoubi, Aghiad; El-Merhi, Fadi; Saade, Charbel; Hallal, Ali; Haydar, Ali


    Surgical portosystemic shunting, the formation of a vascular connection between the portal and systemic venous circulation, has been used as a treatment to reduce portal venous pressure. Although the use of portosystemic shunt surgery in the management of portal hypertension has declined during the past decade in favour of alternative therapies, and subsequently surgeons and radiologists became less familiar with the procedure, it remains a well-established treatment. Knowledge of different types of surgical portosystemic shunts, their pathophysiology and complications will help radiologists improve communication with surgeons and enhance their understanding of the diagnostic and therapeutic role of radiology in the assessment and management of these shunts. Optimal assessment of the shunt is essential to determine its patency and allow timely intervention. Both non-invasive and invasive imaging modalities complement each other in the evaluation of surgical portosystemic shunts. Interventional radiology plays an important role in the management of complications, such as shunt thrombosis and stenosis. This article describes the various types of surgical portosystemic shunts, explains the anatomy and pathophysiology of these shunts, illustrates the pearls and pitfalls of different imaging modalities in the assessment of these shunts and demonstrates the role of radiologists in the interventional management of complications.

  14. Endoscopic third ventriculostomy has no higher costs than ventriculoperitoneal shunt

    Benicio Oton de Lima


    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the cost of endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV compared to ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS in the treatment of hydrocephalus in children. Method: We studied 103 children with hydrocephalus, 52 of which were treated with ETV and 51 with VPS in a prospective cohort. Treatment costs were compared within the first year after surgery, including subsequent surgery or hospitalization. Results: Twenty (38.4% of the 52 children treated with VPS needed another procedure due to shunt failure, compared to 11 (21.5% of 51 children in the ETV group. The average costs per patient in the group treated with ETV was USD$ 2,177,66±517.73 compared to USD$ 2,890.68±2,835.02 for the VPS group. Conclusions: In this series there was no significant difference in costs between the ETV and VPS groups.

  15. Ateriovenous subclavia-shunt for head and neck reconstruction

    Kübler Norbert R


    Full Text Available Abstract Reconstruction of the facial hard- and soft tissues is of special concern for the rehabilitation of patients especially after ablative tumor surgery has been performed. Impaired soft and hard tissue conditions as a sequelae of extensive surgical resection and/or radiotherapy may impede common reconstruction methodes. Even free flaps may not be used without interposition of a vein graft as recipient vessels are not available as a consequence of radical neck dissection. We describe the reconstruction of the facial hard- and soft tissues with a free parasacpular flap in a patient who had received ablative tumor surgery and radical cervical lymphadenectomy as a treatment regimen for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC. To replace the missing cervical blood vessels an arteriovenous subclavia-shunt using a saphena magna graft was created. Microvascular free flap transfer was performed as a 2-stage procedure two weeks after the shunt operation. The microvascular reconstructive technique is described in detail.

  16. Pericardio-Amniotic Shunting for Incomplete Pentalogy of Cantrell.

    Engels, Alexander C; Debeer, Anne; Russo, Francesca M; Aertsen, Michael; Aerts, Katleen; Miserez, Marc; Deprest, Jan; Lewi, Liesbeth; Devlieger, Roland


    A 27-year-old woman, gravida 2, para 0, presented with an incomplete Pentalogy of Cantrell with an omphalocele, diaphragmatic hernia, and a pericardial defect at 32 weeks' gestation. A large pericardial effusion compressed the lungs and had led to a reduced lung growth with an observed-to-expected total lung volume of 28% as measured by MRI. The effusion disappeared completely after the insertion of a pericardio-amniotic shunt at 33 weeks. After birth, the newborn showed no signs of pulmonary hypoplasia and underwent a surgical correction of the defect. Protracted wound healing and a difficult withdrawal from opioids complicated the neonatal period. The child was discharged on postnatal day 105 in good condition. This case demonstrates that in case of Pentalogy of Cantrell with large pericardial effusion, the perinatal outcome might be improved by pericardio-amniotic shunting. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  17. Integrating rolling stock scheduling with train unit shunting

    Haahr, Jørgen Thorlund; Lusby, Richard Martin


    In this paper, we consider integrating two important railway optimization problems, in particular the Rolling Stock Scheduling Problem and the Train Unit Shunting Problem. We present two similar branch-and-cut based approaches to solve this integrated problem and, in addition, provide a comparison...... of different approaches to solve the so-called Track Assignment Problem, a subcomponent of the Train Unit Shunting problem. In this analysis we demonstrate, by way of a counter example, the heuristic nature of a previously argued optimal approach. For the integrated problem we analyze the performance...... of the proposed approaches on several real-life case studies provided by DSB S-tog, a suburban train operator in the greater Copenhagen area. Computational results confirm the necessity of the integrated approach; high quality solutions to the integrated problem are obtained on instances where a conventional...

  18. A Technique for Shunt Active Filter meld micro grid System

    A. Lumani


    Full Text Available The proposed system presents a control technique for a micro grid connected hybrid generation system ith case study interfaced with a three phase shunt active filter to suppress the current harmonics and reactive power present in the load using PQ Theory with ANN controller. This Hybrid Micro Grid is developed using freely renewable energy resources like Solar Photovoltaic (SPV and Wind Energy (WE. To extract the maximum available power from PV panels and wind turbines, Maximum power point Tracker (MPPT has been included. This MPPT uses the “Standard Perturbs and Observe” technique. By using PQ Theory with ANN Controller, the Reference currents are generated which are to be injected by Shunt active power filter (SAPFto compensate the current harmonics in the non linear load. Simulation studies shows that the proposed control technique performs non-linear load current harmonic compensation maintaining the load current in phase with the source voltage.\\

  19. Transcatheter Interatrial Shunt Device for the Treatment of Heart Failure

    Feldman, Ted; Komtebedde, Jan; Burkhoff, Daniel


    UNLABELLED: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), a major public health problem with high morbidity and mortality rates, remains difficult to manage because of a lack of effective treatment options. Although HFpEF is a heterogeneous clinical syndrome, elevated left atrial pressure......-either at rest or with exertion-is a common factor among all forms of HFpEF and one of the primary reasons for dyspnea and exercise intolerance in these patients. On the basis of clinical experience with congenital interatrial shunts in mitral stenosis, it has been hypothesized that the creation of a left...... the rationale for a therapeutic transcatheter interatrial shunt device in HFpEF, and we describe the design of REDUCE Elevated Left Atrial Pressure in Heart Failure (REDUCE LAP-HF I), the first randomized controlled trial of a device-based therapy to reduce left atrial pressure in HFpEF. CLINICAL TRIAL...

  20. Surgical treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma with severe intratumoral arterioportal shunt

    Hiromichi; Ishii; Teruhisa; Sonoyama; Shingo; Nakashima; Hiroyuki; Nagata; Atsushi; Shiozaki; Yoshiaki; Kuriu; Hisashi; Ikoma; Masayoshi; Nakanishi; Daisuke; Ichikawa; Hitoshi; Fujiwara; Kazuma; Okamoto; Toshiya; Ochiai; Yukihito; Kokuba; Chohei; Sakakura; Eigo; Otsuji


    We report a case of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) that caused a severe arterioportal shunt (APS). A 49-year-old man was admitted to hospital due to esophagogastric variceal hemorrhage and HCC, and underwent endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) and endoscopic injection sclerotherapy (EIS). He was then referred to our hospital. Abdominal computed tomography revealed a lowdensity lesion in the posterior segment of the liver and an intratumoral APS, which caused portal hypertension. Although the patient underwen...

  1. Resonance features of coupled Josephson junctions: radiation and shunting

    Shukrinov, Yu M.; Seidel, P.; Il'ichev, E.; Nawrocki, W.; Grajcar, M.; Plecenik, P. A.; Rahmonov, I. R.; Kulikov, K.


    We study the phase dynamics and the resonance features of coupled Josephson junctions in layered superconductors and their manifestations in the current- voltage characteristics and temporal dependence of the electric charge in the superconducting layers. Results on the effect of the external radiation and shunting of the stack of Josephson junctions by LC-elements are presented. We discuss the ideas concerning the experimental observation of these resonances.

  2. Pre-Liver Transplant: Tips Versus Distal Splenorenal Shunt

    Thomas W. Faust


    Full Text Available Recurrent variceal bleeding in liver transplant candidates with end-stage liver disease can complicate or even prohibit a subsequent transplant procedure (OLT. Endoscopic sclero-therapy and medical therapy are considered as first-line management with surgical shunts reserved for refractory situations. Surgical shunts can be associated with a high mortality in this population and may complicate subsequent OLT. The transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS has been recommended in these patients as a bridge to OLT. This is a new modality that has not been compared with previously established therapies such as the distal splenorenal shunt (DSRS. In this study we report our experience with 35 liver transplant recipients who had a previous TIPS (18 patients or DSRS (17 patients for variceal bleeding. The TIPS group had a significantly larger proportion of critically ill and Child-Pugh C patients. Mean operating time was more prolonged in the DSRS group (P=0.014 but transfusion requirements were similar. Intraoperative portal vein blood flow measurements averaged 2132±725 ml/min in the TIPS group compared with 1120±351ml/min in the DSRS group (P<0.001. Arterial flows were similar. Mean ICU and hospital stays were similar. There were 3 hospital mortalities in the DSRS group and none in the TIPS group (P=0.1. We conclude that TIPS is a valuable tool in the management of recurrent variceal bleeding prior to liver transplantation. Intra0Perative hemodynamic measurements suggest a theoretical advantage with TIPS. In a group of patients with advanced liver disease we report an outcome that is similar to patients treated with DSRS prior to liver transplantation. The role of TIPS in the treatment of nontransplant candidates remains to be clarified.

  3. Transient Hemolytic Anemia after Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Stent Shunt

    Sagrario Garcia-Rebollo; Emilio González-Reimers; Francisco Santolaria-Fernández; Francisco Diaz-Romero; Fermin Rodriguez-Moreno; Antonio Martinez-Riera


    Management of variceal bleeding secondary to portal hypertension constitutes a challenging issue, particularly in child's C cirrhotic patients. Recently, transjugular placement of self-expanding metallic stents in the liver (TIPS), creating a shunt between the portal and hepatic branches has provided a safe and promising therapeutic approach in this clinical situation. We report here the case of a 66-year-old male cirrhotic patient who developed a moderately severe clinical picture of a Coomb...

  4. Uncovering the link between malfunctions in Drosophila neuroblast asymmetric cell division and tumorigenesis

    Kelsom Corey


    Full Text Available Abstract Asymmetric cell division is a developmental process utilized by several organisms. On the most basic level, an asymmetric division produces two daughter cells, each possessing a different identity or fate. Drosophila melanogaster progenitor cells, referred to as neuroblasts, undergo asymmetric division to produce a daughter neuroblast and another cell known as a ganglion mother cell (GMC. There are several features of asymmetric division in Drosophila that make it a very complex process, and these aspects will be discussed at length. The cell fate determinants that play a role in specifying daughter cell fate, as well as the mechanisms behind setting up cortical polarity within neuroblasts, have proved to be essential to ensuring that neurogenesis occurs properly. The role that mitotic spindle orientation plays in coordinating asymmetric division, as well as how cell cycle regulators influence asymmetric division machinery, will also be addressed. Most significantly, malfunctions during asymmetric cell division have shown to be causally linked with neoplastic growth and tumor formation. Therefore, it is imperative that the developmental repercussions as a result of asymmetric cell division gone awry be understood.

  5. Influence of malfunctions of the maintenance activities on the urban buses fuel consumption

    George, Crişan; Nicolae, Filip


    Optimization of activities with the aim to provide quality service in conditions of high profitability, is one of the main objectives chased by managers in transportation companies. As a consequence, directing the attention towards monitoring of maintenance activities of vehicles fleet, can achieve desired results. Two of the most important issues related to the maintenance activity, is the increase of reliability and reduction of fuel consumption of the vehicles fleet. Aforementioned actions represents a way forward for raising the quality and profitability of services offered. In this paper, the main ways of monitoring the fuel consumption, in order to reduce it and increase the reliability of transportation vehicles fleet, are presented. For the evaluation of the maintenance system and the degree of influence of malfunctions recorded on the fuel consumption, using the Pareto -ABC method, following case study on a fleet of buses for urban public transport has been conducted. Results obtained highlights the deficiencies of the maintenance process carried out and constitutes a solid base for the reorganization of the maintenance activity, involving preventive maintenance activities, in order to contribute decisively to the results targeted by the management of transport companies.

  6. Time-resolved in situ measurement of mitochondrial malfunction by energy transfer spectroscopy

    Schneckenburger, Herbert; Sailer, Reinhard; Strauss, Wolfgang S.; Lyttek, Marco; Stock, Karl; Zipfl, Peter


    To establish optical in situ detection of mitochondrial malfunction, nonradiative energy transfer from the coenzyme NADH to the mitochondrial marker rhodamine 123 (R123) was examined. Dual excitation of R123 via energy transfer from excited NADH molecules as well as by direct absorption of light results in two fluorescence signals whose ratio is a measure of mitochondrial NADH. A screening system was developed in which these signals are detected simultaneously using a time-gated (nanosecond) technique for energy transfer measurements and a frequency selective technique for direct excitation and fluorescence monitoring of R123. Optical and electronic components of the apparatus are described, and results obtained from cultivated endothelial cells are reported. The ratio of fluorescence intensities excited in the near ultraviolet and blue-green spectral ranges increased by a factor 1.5 or 1.35 after inhibition of the mitochondrial respiratory chain by rotenone at cytotoxic or noncytotoxic concentrations, respectively. Concomitantly the amount of mitochondrial NADH increased. Excellent linearity between the number of cells incubated with R123 and fluorescence intensity was found in suspension.

  7. Microscopic energy transfer spectroscopy to determine mitochondrial malfunction in human myotubes

    Gschwend, Michael H.; Strauss, Wolfgang S. L.; Brinkmeier, H.; Ruedel, R.; Steiner, Rudolf W.; Schneckenburger, Herbert


    A microscopic equipment is reported for examination of cellular autofluorescence and determination of energy transfer in vitro, which is proposed to be an appropriate tool to investigate mitochondrial malfunction. The method includes fluorescence microscopy combined with time-gated (nanosecond) fluorescence emission spectroscopy and is presently used to study mitochondrial metabolism of human myotube primary cultures Enzyme complexes of the respiratory chain, located at the inner mitochondrial membrane, were inhibited by various drugs, and fluorescence of the mitochondrial coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) as well as of the mitochondrial marker rhodamine 123 (R123) was examined. After inhibition of enzyme complex I (NADH-coenzyme Q reductase) by rotenone or enzyme complex III (coenzyme QH2-cytochrome c reductase) by antimycin a similar or increased NADH fluorescence was observed. In addition, energy transfer from excited states of NADH (energy donor) to R123 (energy acceptor) was deduced from a decrease of NADH fluorescence after coincubation with these inhibitors and R123. Application of microscopic energy transfer spectroscopy for diagnosis of congenital mitochondrial deficiencies is currently in preparation.

  8. Rhomboid-7 over-expression results in Opa1-like processing and malfunctioning mitochondria.

    Rahman, Mokhlasur; Kylsten, Per


    Rhomboid-7 (rho-7) is a mitochondrial-specific intramembranous protease. The loss-of-function mutation rho-7 results in semi-lethality, while escapers have a reduced lifespan with several neurological disorders [1]. Here we show that general, or CNS-specific expression of rho-7 can rescue the lethality of rho-7. General, or CNS-specific over-expression of rho-7 in otherwise wild-type animals caused semi-lethality, with approximately 50% of the animals escaping this lethality, developing into adults displaying a shortened life span with larval locomotory problem. On a cellular level, over-expression resulted in severe depression of ATP levels and cytochrome c oxidase subunit II mRNA levels, a lowered number of mitochondria in neurons and aggregation of mitochondria in the brain indicating mitochondrial malfunction. Over-expression of rho-7 in developing eye discs resulted in an elevated apoptotic index. In the CNS, elevated levels of rho-7 were accompanied by both isoforms of Opa1-like, a dynamin-like GTPase, a mitochondrial component involved in regulating mitochondrial dynamics and function, including apoptosis. Most, but not all, of rho-7 over-expression phenotypes were suppressed by introducing a heterozygous mutation for Opa1-like. Our results suggest that rho-7 and Opa1-like function in a common molecular pathway affecting mitochondrial function and apoptosis in Drosophila melanogaster.

  9. Oxidative stress, mitochondrial and proteostasis malfunction in adrenoleukodystrophy: A paradigm for axonal degeneration.

    Fourcade, Stéphane; Ferrer, Isidre; Pujol, Aurora


    Peroxisomal and mitochondrial malfunction, which are highly intertwined through redox regulation, in combination with defective proteostasis, are hallmarks of the most prevalent multifactorial neurodegenerative diseases-including Alzheimer's (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD)-and of the aging process, and are also found in inherited conditions. Here we review the interplay between oxidative stress and axonal degeneration, taking as groundwork recent findings on pathomechanisms of the peroxisomal neurometabolic disease adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD). We explore the impact of chronic redox imbalance caused by the excess of very long-chain fatty acids (VLCFA) on mitochondrial respiration and biogenesis, and discuss how this impairs protein quality control mechanisms essential for neural cell survival, such as the proteasome and autophagy systems. As consequence, prime molecular targets in the pathogenetic cascade emerge, such as the SIRT1/PGC-1α axis of mitochondrial biogenesis, and the inhibitor of autophagy mTOR. Thus, we propose that mitochondria-targeted antioxidants; mitochondrial biogenesis boosters such as the antidiabetic pioglitazone and the SIRT1 ligand resveratrol; and the autophagy activator temsirolimus, a derivative of the mTOR inhibitor rapamycin, hold promise as disease-modifying therapies for X-ALD.

  10. Immunopathology of giardiasis: the role of lymphocytes in intestinal epithelial injury and malfunction

    AG Buret


    Full Text Available T lymphocyte-mediated pathogenesis is common to a variety of enteropathies, including giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, bacterial enteritis, celiac's disease, food anaphylaxis, and Crohn's disease. In giardiasis as well as in these other disorders, a diffuse loss of microvillous brush border, combined or not with villus atrophy, is responsible for disaccharidase insufficiencies and malabsorption of electrolytes, nutrients, and water, which ultimately cause diarrheal symptoms. Other mucosal changes may include crypt hyperplasia and increased infiltration of intra-epithelial lymphocytes. Recent studies using models of giardiasis have shed new light on the immune regulation of these abnormalities. Indeed, experiments using an athymic mouse model of infection have found that these epithelial injuries were T cell-dependent. Findings from further research indicate that that the loss of brush border surface area, reduced disaccharidase activities, and increase crypt-villus ratios are mediated by CD8+ T cells, whereas both CD8+ and CD4+ small mesenteric lymph node T cells regulate the influx of intra-epithelial lymphocytes. Future investigations need to characterize the CD8+ T cell signaling cascades that ultimately lead to epithelial injury and malfunction in giardiasis and other malabsorptive disorders of the intestine.

  11. Machinery malfunction diagnosis and correction: Vibration analysis and troubleshooting for process industries

    Eisemann, R.C.


    This book is an up-to-date, hands-on single-source diagnostic guide for process machinery. It contains extensive illustrations, sample calculations, and explicit physical explanations; a 7-point problem solving methodology based on the authors` 40+ years of expertise; and 52 highly detailed field case histories describing problem definition, investigation, analytical and measurement techniques, and the final corrective solutions. It includes usable computations, analytical procedures, definitions, explanations of fundamental machinery behavior, rotordynamics, static and dynamic measurements, data acquisition and processing, data interpretation, plus field proven problem-solving techniques. The book begins with fundamental concepts of lateral and torsional mechanical motion, and expands these basic models into acceptable simulations of real machines. Steam, gas, and hydro turbines, gear boxes, centrifugal and reciprocating compressors, pumps, expanders, motors and generators are analyzed from multiple perspectives. This text describes common malfunctions, plus unusual excitations and failure mechanisms. It is extensively illustrated, and contains detailed examples with sample calculations--along with case histories that cover refineries, chemical plants, power plants, paper mills and other processing facilities.

  12. Executive Function Improvement in Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Following Shunt Surgery

    Ezequiel Gleichgerrcht


    Full Text Available The aim of this investigation was to evaluate improvement of executive functions after shunt surgery in patients with early normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH. Patients with NPH were assessed before and after shunt surgery with tests shown to be sensitive to damage to the prefrontal cortex (PFC. Significant differences were found between basal and follow-up performances on the Boston Naming Test, the backwards digits span, Part B of the Trail Making Test, and the number of words produced on the phonological fluency task. In conclusion, our study reveals that patients with NPH who respond positively to continuous slow lumbar cerebral spinal fluid drainage and receive a ventriculoperitoneal shunt implant, improve their performance on tasks of executive function. Due to the high demand for this form of mental processing in real-life complex scenarios, and based on the severe executive deficits present in both demented and non-demented NPH patients, we encourage the assessment of executive functions in this clinical group.

  13. A case of repeated intracerebral hemorrhages secondary to ventriculoperitoneal shunt

    Jinbing Zhao


    Full Text Available Ventriculoperitoneal shunt is a routinely performed treatment in neurosurgical department. Intracerebral hemorrhage, as a complication after shunt catheterization, is really rare but with high mortality. In this study, we reported a case of a 74-year-old man who suffered from repeated intracerebral hemorrhage after ventriculoperitoneal shunt. The first hemorrhage happened 63 h after the 1st surgery, and most hematomas were located in the ipsilateral occipital lobe and intraventricles, along the ventricular catheter. Fresh blood clot casts blocked the external ventricular draining catheter, which was inserted into the right front horn during the 3rd surgery, indicating new intraventricular bleeding happened. A large hematoma in ipsilateral frontal lobe was detected on the 3rd day after the removal of external ventricular draining catheter. Different hemorrhagic locations and time points were encountered on the same case. We discussed the possible causes of repeated hemorrhage for this case, and the pre-operative preparation including risk evaluation in future clinical work.

  14. Minimally invasive ventriculo-atrial shunt for hydrocephalus

    李江山; 江勇豪; 程成; 张世凯


    Objective: To study the therapeutic effect of mini-traumatic ventriculo-atrial shunt on hydrocephalus. Methods: Seventeen patients were treated with right internal jugular venepuncture intubation to finish minimally invasive ventriculo-atrial shunt for hydrocephalus. The patients were evaluated by CT/MRI. The catheters were deployed at the proper position in the right atrium under X-ray fluoroscopy.Results: The hydrocephalus in all the 17 patients eliminated with this surgical procedure with a 100% success rate technically. The operational duration ranged from 0.75 to 1.5 h (average: 1 h). Mistaken puncture into the internal carotid artery as a complication occurred on 1 case.Conclusions: The mini-traumatic ventriculo-atrial shunt, as a novel minimal invasion technique, has the advantages of small trauma, no influence on local blood circulation, short time and simplicity at operation, rapid healing, and good short-term effect. Moreover, it is suitable for those patients with organic dysfunction.

  15. Sodium Accumulation at Potential-Induced Degradation Shunted Areas in Polycrystalline Silicon Modules

    Harvey, Steven P.; Aguiar, Jeffery A.; Hacke, Peter; Guthrey, Harvey; Johnston, Steve; Al-Jassim, Mowafak


    We investigated potential-induced degradation (PID) in silicon mini-modules that were subjected to accelerated stressing to induce PID conditions. Shunted areas on the cells were identified with photoluminescence and dark lock-in thermography (DLIT) imaging. The identical shunted areas were then analyzed via time-of-flight secondary-ion mass spectrometry (TOFSIMS) imaging, 3-D tomography, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The TOF-SIMS imaging indicates a high concentration of sodium in the shunted areas, and 3-D tomography reveals that the sodium extends more than 2 um from the surface below shunted regions. Transmission electron microscopy investigation reveals that a stacking fault is present at an area identified as shunted by DLIT imaging. After the removal of surface sodium, tomography reveals persistent sodium present around the junction depth of 300 nm and a drastic difference in sodium content at the junction when comparing shunted and nonshunted regions.

  16. Gold shunt for refractory advanced low-tension glaucoma with spared central acuity

    Le R


    Full Text Available Ryan Le,1 Neeru Gupta1–3 1Keenan Research Center, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada; 2Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, Glaucoma Unit, St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; 3Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CanadaAbstract: The aim of this study is to report a case of gold shunt surgery for uncontrolled, low-tension glaucoma with good central vision, after having a previously failed trabeculectomy and tube shunt surgeries. The patient was receiving maximum medical glaucoma therapy of four different types with intraocular pressure of 17 mm Hg prior to gold shunt surgery. Five years later, intraocular pressure is well controlled in the low teens without the need for ocular medications, and glaucoma is stable following gold shunt surgery.Keywords: gold shunt, refractory glaucoma, glaucoma surgery, trabeculectomy, suprachoroidal space, tube shunt

  17. Laparoscopic assisted ventriculoperitoneal shunt revisions as an option for pediatric patients with previous intraabdominal complications

    Fernanda O. de Carvalho


    Full Text Available Multiple shunt failure is a challenge in pediatric neurosurgery practice and one of the most feared complications of hydrocephalus. Objective: To demonstrate that laparoscopic procedures for distal ventriculoperitoneal shunt failure may be an effective option for patients who underwent multiple revisions due to repetitive manipulation of the peritoneal cavity, abdominal pseudocyst, peritonitis or other situations leading to a “non reliable” peritoneum. Method: From March 2012 to February 2013, the authors reviewed retrospectively the charts of six patients born and followed up at our institution, which presented with previous intra-peritoneal complications and underwent ventriculoperitoneal shunt revision assisted by video laparoscopy. Results: After a mean follow-up period of nine months, all patients are well and no further shunt failure was identified so far. Conclusion: Laparoscopy assisted shunt revision in children may be, in selected cases, an effective option for patients with multiple peritoneal complications due to ventriculo-peritoneal shunting.

  18. A new shunt DC active filter of power supply in a steady high magnetic field facility

    WANG Lei; LIU Xiao-Ning; WANG Can


    A DC active power filter is an indispensable part in a high power and high stability power supply system, especially in the power supply system of the Steady High Magnetic Field Facility, which requires that the current ripple should be limited to 50 parts per million. In view of the disadvantages of the series DC active power filter and shunt Pulse Width Modulation DC active filter, this paper puts forward a novel DC active filter by combining the advantages of the transistor regulator and the shunt type. The structure and principle of the new shunt linear active filter are introduced. Meanwhile, the design of several key components that construct the new shunt linear active filter is also analyzed. The simulation model and an experimental prototype of the shunt linear active filter are developed, and the results verify that the parameter design is reasonable and the shunt active filter has a good filter effect.


    Aditya Pratap


    Full Text Available Bowel perforation is an unusual complication of ventriculo peritoneal shunt. We are presenting a case of 15 month old male child with the shunt tubing protruding through the anus associated with bowel perforation. This complication occurred after the 13 months of insertion of ventriculo peritoneal shunt for congenital hydrocephalus. There were no signs of meningitis but mild signs of peritonitis were present. At laparotomy the tube was seen to enter the sigmoid colon and was encapsulated by the greater omentum. The tube was cut and the distal end removed via the anus. Proximal part of shunt also removed because there was contralateral shunt present. Perforation was repaired. We are here in presenting a rare complication of VP shunt.

  20. Valved or valveless ventriculoperitoneal shunting in the treatment of post-haemorrhagic hydrocephalus

    Andreasen, Trine Hjorslev; Holst, Anders Vedel; Lilja, Alexander


    BACKGROUND: Implant infection and obstruction are major complications for ventriculoperitoneal shunts in patients with post-haemorrhagic hydrocephalus. In an effort to (1) reduce the incidence of these complications, (2) reduce the rate of shunt failure and (3) shorten the duration of neurosurgical...... hospitalisation, we have implemented valveless ventriculoperitoneal shunts at our department for adult patients with post-haemorrhagic hydrocephalus and haemorrhagic cerebrospinal fluid at the time of shunt insertion. METHODS: All adult patients (>18 years old) treated for post-haemorrhagic hydrocephalus.......3 %, p = 0.02), but a higher rate of overdrainage (10.3 % vs 2.6 %, p = 0.04). CONCLUSION: The use of a valveless shunting for patients with post-haemorrhagic hydrocephalus results in shorter duration of neurosurgical hospitalisation and lower rate of shunt infection, although these advantages should...

  1. Chemoembolic Hepatopulmonary Shunt Reduction to Allow Safe Yttrium-90 Radioembolization Lobectomy of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    Gaba, Ron C., E-mail: [University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, Department of Radiology, Section in Interventional Radiology (United States); VanMiddlesworth, Kyle A. [Midwestern University School of Medicine (United States)


    Yttrium-90 ({sup 90}Y) radioembolization represents an emerging transcatheter treatment option for the management of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Elevation of the hepatopulmonary shunt fraction risks nontarget radiation to the lungs and may limit the use of {sup 90}Y therapy in patients with locally advanced disease with vascular invasion, who often demonstrate increased shunting. We present two cases in which patients with HCC and portal vein invasion resulting in elevated hepatopulmonary shunt fractions underwent chemoembolic shunt closure to allow safe {sup 90}Y radioembolization. Both patients demonstrated excellent tumor response and patient survival. On this basis, we propose a role for chemoembolic reduction of the lung shunt fraction before {sup 90}Y radioembolization in patients with extensive tumor-related hepatopulmonary shunting.

  2. A multi-stack simulation of shunt currents in vanadium redox flow batteries

    Wandschneider, F. T.; Röhm, S.; Fischer, P.; Pinkwart, K.; Tübke, J.; Nirschl, H.


    A model for the shunt currents in an all-vanadium redox flow battery consisting of 3 stacks which are electrically connected in series. It is based on an equivalent circuit which treats the shunt current pathways as Ohmic resistors. The conductivity of the vanadium electrolyte has been measured for different state-of-charges in order to implement a dependency of the resistances on the state-of-charge of the system. Published results are used to validate the simulation data of a single stack. Three setups of pipe networks are evaluated using the model. The pipe connections between the stacks give rise to external shunt currents, which also increase the amount of shunt currents within the stacks. These connections also lead to a nonuniform distribution of the shunt currents. The effects of the shunt currents on the Coulombic efficiency and the energy efficiency of the system are studied by the means of the model.

  3. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt combined with esophagogastric variceal embolization in the treatment of a large gastrorenal shunt

    Qin; Jiang; Ming-Quan; Wang; Guo-Bing; Zhang; Qiong; Wu; Jian-Ming; Xu; De-Run; Kong


    AIM: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt(TIPS) combined with stomach and esophageal variceal embolization(SEVE) in cirrhotic patients with a large gastrorenal vessel shunt(GRVS).METHODS: Eighty-one cirrhotic patients with gastric variceal bleeding(GVB) associated with a GRVS were enrolled in the study and accepted TIPS combined with SEVE(TIPS + SEVE), by which portosystemic pressuregradient(PPG), biochemical, TIPS-related complications, shunt dysfunction, rebleeding, and death were evaluated. RESULTS: The PPGs before TIPS were greater than 12 mmH g in 81 patients. TIPS + SEVE treatment caused a significant decrease in PPG(from 37.97 ± 6.36 mmH g to 28.15 ± 6.52 mm Hg, t = 19.22, P < 0.001). The percentage of reduction in PPG was greater than 20%from baseline. There were no significant differences in albumin, alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, bilirubin, prothrombin time, or Child-Pugh score before and after operation. In all patients, rebleeding rates were 3%, 6%, 12%, 18%, and 18% at 1,3, 6, 12, and 18 mo, respectively. Five patients(6.2%)were diagnosed as having hepatic encephalopathy. The rates of shunt dysfunction were 0%, 4%, 9%, 26%,and 26%, at 1, 3, 6, 12, and 18 mo, respectively. The cumulative survival rates in 1, 3, 6, 12, and 18 mo were100%, 100%, 95%, 90%, and 90%, respectively.CONCLUSION: Our preliminary results indicated that the efficacy and safety of TIPS + SEVE were satisfactory in cirrhotic patients with GVB associated with a GRVS(GVB + GRVS).

  4. Evaluation of Magnetostrictive Shunt Damper Performance Using Iron (Fe)-Gallium (Ga) Alloy


    Evaluation of Magnetostrictive Shunt Damper Performance Using Iron (Fe)-Gallium (Ga) Alloy by Andrew James Murray and Dr. JinHyeong Yoo...Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005 ARL-TN-0566 September 2013 Evaluation of Magnetostrictive Shunt Damper Performance Using Iron (Fe... Magnetostrictive Shunt Damper Performance Using Iron (Fe)- Gallium (Ga) Alloy 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6

  5. Partial portacaval shunt with H-grafts to treat portal hypertension

    XU Geliang; HU Hejie; LI Jiansheng; YANG Shugao; CHAI Zhongpei; XU Rongnan


    Partial portosystemic shunts have been popularized because of a reported low rate of mortality and morbidity (especially encephalopathy,liver failure and occlusion).The results of partial portacaval shunts[small-diameter expanded polytetrafluoroethylene(ePTFE)H-graft portacaval shunt]were retrospectively reviewed to evaluate the clinical efficacy in the treatment of portal hypertension.Forty-three patients with portal hypertension were treated by small-diameter H-graft of ePTFE portacaval shunt from May 1995 to April 2006.Thirty-three had externally ringed grafts and ten had non-ringed ones.Ten had grafts of 10mm in diameter and 33 had grafts of 8 mm.The left gastric artery and coronary vein were ligated in all the cases.Six had pericardial devascularization and splenectomy was performed in 42.An average decrease of flee portal pressure(FPP)from(33.24±4.78)cm H2O before shunting and(13.65±5.65)cmH2O after shunting was observed.The portal blood flow was reduced by one-third of that before shunt.Thirty-eight patients survived and no upper gastro-intestinal rebleeding occurred in the follow-up period(50.5 months in average).Two were out of contact.Color Doppler ultrasonography and/or portography revealed the shunts were Patent in 38 cases and were occluded in three cases(3/41,7.3%).Encephalopathy developed in five cases(5/41,12.2%).Partial(small-diameter ePTFE H-graft)portacaval shunting Can reduce the portal pressure effectively.Majority of the hepatic flow from the portal vein can be maintained adequately.The shunts with reinforced grafts can keep a higher rate of patency.The morbidity of encephalopathy was lower than those with total shunt.The partial portacaval shunt is effective in preventing recurrent variceal bleeding.

  6. Small-diameter prosthetic H-graft portacaval shunts in the treatment of portal hypertension

    胡何节; 许戈良; 李建生; 杨树高; 柴仲培; 徐荣楠


    Background Portasystemic shunts, especially total shunts, are effective tools for reducing portal pressure and controlling variceal bleeding but lead to high risk of encephalopathy and accelerating liver ailure. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the clinical effects of small-diameter expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) H-graft portacaval shunts in the treatment of portal hypertension. Methods Thirty-one patients with portal hypertension were treated with ePTFE small-diameter H-graft portacaval shunts from December 1995 to April 2002. Twenty-one had externally ringed grafts and 10 had non-ringed grafts; 20 had 10 mm diameter grafts and 11 had 8 mm grafts. The left gastric artery and coronary vein were ligated in 22 patients. Additionally, 6 patients underwent pericardial devascularization, and splenectomies were performed on 30 patients. Results An average decrease of free portal pressure (FPP) from (32.13 ~4.86) cmH2O before shunting to (12.55±5. 57) cmH2O after shunting was observed. Portal blood flow was reduced by 1/3 compared with the levels measured before shunting. Twenty-eight patients survived after the operation, and no upper gastrointestinal rebleeding occurred in the follow-up period (40.2 months on average). We lost contact with one patient. Color Doppler ultrasonography and/or portography revealed the shunts to be patent in 28 cases and occluded in 2 (6.4% ) cases. Encephalopathy developed in 4 patients (12.9%). Conclusion Small-diameter ePTFE H-graft portacaval shunts can effectively reduce portal pressure. Moreover, the majority of the hepatopetal flow from the portal vein can be adequately maintained. The reinforced shunts may achieve a higher rate of patency. Morbidity from encephalopathy was less frequent than in pateints receiving total shunts. Small-diameter H-graft portacaval shunts are also effective in preventing recurrent variceal bleeding.

  7. Ultrasonic Contrast Portography for Demonstration of Intrahepatic Porto-systemic Shunts

    Yi-Hong Chou


    Full Text Available Spontaneous intrahepatic porto-systemic shunts (IHPSS can be disclosed with ultrasound (US and color Doppler ultrasound (CDU. However, direct evidence of the shunt on US or CDU may not be convincing. In this report we demonstrate the presence of IHPSS by ultrasonic contrast portography with intravenous injection of microbubble-based contrast agent (MBCA. With this technique, the MBCA was depicted to enter the hepatic vein through the shunt, and then flowed into the inferior vena cava.

  8. High-accuracy current measurement with low-cost shunts by means of dynamic error correction

    Weßkamp, Patrick; Melbert, Joachim


    Measurement of electrical current is often performed by using shunt resistors. Thermal effects due to self-heating and ambient temperature variation limit the achievable accuracy, especially if low-cost shunt resistors with increased temperature coefficients are utilized. In this work, a compensation method is presented which takes static and dynamic temperature drift effects into account and provides a significant reduction of measurement error. A thermal model of the shunt...

  9. Evaluation of Mismatch Losses due to Shunts in industrial Silicon Photovoltaic Modules

    Somasundaran, P.; Shilpi, M.; Gupta, R.


    In order to achieve higher efficiencies in photovoltaic module technology, it is important to characterize the shunts and other defects which degrade the performance of cells and modules as well as decrease their efficiency. These shunts also affect the reliability of cells and modules. It is important to understand how much fill factor and power loss is caused by the presence of shunts in the module. Shunts not only reduce the module power output, but also affect the I-V characteristics of the cell and hence the characteristics of the shunted cells are different from those of the shunt-free cells connected in the module leading to the mismatch effect. This is an interesting effect which has been systematically investigated in the present work. Moreover, the flow of increased shunt current will give rise to increased temperature in the region of shunt, which will affect the cell and hence module performance. In the present study, the distributed diode model has been extended to the module level and applied to evaluate the electrical mismatch losses and thermal mismatch losses due to shunts in industrial Silicon PV modules.

  10. Study on the Automatic Detection Method and System of Multifunctional Hydrocephalus Shunt

    Sun, Xuan; Wang, Guangzhen; Dong, Quancheng; Li, Yuzhong


    Aiming to the difficulty of micro pressure detection and the difficulty of micro flow control in the testing process of hydrocephalus shunt, the principle of the shunt performance detection was analyzed.In this study, the author analyzed the principle of several items of shunt performance detection,and used advanced micro pressure sensor and micro flow peristaltic pump to overcome the micro pressure detection and micro flow control technology.At the same time,This study also puted many common experimental projects integrated, and successfully developed the automatic detection system for a shunt performance detection function, to achieve a test with high precision, high efficiency and automation.

  11. Intrahepatic porto-hepatic venous shunts in Rendu-Osler-Weber disease: imaging demonstration

    Matsumoto, Shunro; Mori, Hiromu; Yamada, Yasunari; Hayashida, Tomoko; Hori, Yuzo; Kiyosue, Hiro [Department of Radiology, Oita Medical University, Idaigaoka 1-1, Hasama-machi, 879-5593, Oita (Japan)


    This study describes the imaging features of the intrahepatic portohepatic venous (PHV) shunt, which is a potential cause of portosystemic encephalopathy in Rendu-Osler-Weber disease. Six patients with Rendu-Osler-Weber disease (two men, four women; age range 42-73 years) were retrospectively studied. There were two from one family and three from another family. Of these patients, one was diagnosed with definitive portosystemic encephalopathy because of a psychiatric disorder. We retrospectively reviewed the radiological examinations, including abdominal angiography (n=6), three-phase dynamic helical computed tomography (CT; n=3), and conventional enhanced CT (n=1). In one patient, CT during angiography and CT angioportography were also performed. Evaluation was placed on the imaging features of intrahepatic PHV shunts. On angiography, intrahepatic PHV shunts showing multiple and small shunts <5 mm in diameter in an apparent network were detected in all patents. In two patients, a large shunt with a size of either 7 or 10 mm was associated. These intrahepatic PHV shunts were predominantly distributed in the peripheral parenchyma. Intrahepatic PHV shunts would be characterized by small and multiple shunts in an apparent network on the periphery with or without a large shunt. (orig.)

  12. Case report: massive lower intestinal bleeding from ileal varices. Treatment with transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPSS); Fallbericht: Massive untere gastrointestinale Blutung aus ilealen Varizen. Behandlung mittels transjugulaerem intrahepatischem portosystemischem Shunt (TIPSS)

    Lopez-Benitez, R. [Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg (Germany). Abteilung fuer Diagnostische und Iinterventionelle Radiologie; Universitaetsklinikum, Abteilung fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Heidelberg (Germany); Seidensticker, P.; Richter, G.M.; Stampfl, U.; Hallscheidt, P. [Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg (Germany). Abteilung fuer Diagnostische und Iinterventionelle Radiologie


    Acute gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with liver cirrhosis is associated with a high mortality. Ileal varices and collaterals from ectopic vessels are extremely rare, encountered in less than 5% of the cirrhotic patients. The diagnosis is frequently delayed because the regular diagnostic methods such as gastroscopy or colonoscopy are unsuccessful in accurate the source of bleeding in the majority of the cases. We report an unusual case of massive and uncontrollable lower intestinal bleeding from ileal varices with right ovarian vein anastomosis in a 56 year-old female patient with liver cirrhosis and previous history of abdominal and pelvic surgery. The accurate angiographic and computed tomography diagnosis allowed fast decompression of the portal venous system using a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt. (orig.) [German] Akute gastrointestinale Blutungen sind bei Leberzirrhosepatienten mit einer hohen Mortalitaet verbunden. Ileale Varizen und Kollateralen aus anderen ektopen Gefaessen des Darms sind extrem selten und treten bei weniger als 5% aller Zirrhosepatienten auf. Die Diagnosestellung erfolgt oft verspaetet, da die ueblichen diagnostischen Untersuchungsmethoden wie Gastroskopie oder Koloskopie in den meisten Faellen die Blutungsquelle nicht ausreichend darstellen. Wir berichten ueber einen ungewoehnlichen Fall von massiver und unkontrollierbarer unterer gastroinstestinaler (GI-)Blutung aus ilealen Varizen mit Verbindung zur rechten V. ovarica einer 56-jaehrigen Frau, bei der anamnestisch eine Leberzirrhose und abdominelle Operationen sowie Operationen im Bereich des Beckens bekannt waren. Die genaue angiographische und computertomographische Diagnose erlaubte eine rasche Dekompression des Portalvenensystems mittels eines transjugulaeren portosystemischen Shunts. (orig.)

  13. Diagnosis and treatment of early bioprosthetic malfunction in the mitral valve position due to thrombus formation.

    Butnaru, Adi; Shaheen, Joseph; Tzivoni, Dan; Tauber, Rachel; Bitran, Daniel; Silberman, Shuli


    Bioprosthetic valve thrombosis is uncommon and the diagnosis is often elusive and may be confused with valve degeneration. We report our experience with mitral bioprosthetic valve thrombosis and suggest a therapeutic approach. From 2002 to 2011, 149 consecutive patients who underwent mitral valve replacement with a bioprosthesis at a single center were retrospectively screened for clinical or echocardiographic evidence of valve malfunction. Nine were found to have valve thrombus. All 9 patients had their native valve preserved, representing 24% of those with preserved native valves. Five patients (group 1) presented with symptoms of congestive heart failure at 16.4 ± 12.4 months after surgery. Echocardiogram revealed homogenous echo-dense film on the ventricular surface of the bioprosthesis with elevated transvalvular gradient, resembling early degeneration. The first 2 patients underwent reoperation: valve thrombus was found and confirmed by histologic examination. Based on these, the subsequent 3 patients received anticoagulation treatment with complete thrombus resolution: mean mitral gradient decreased from 23 ± 4 to 6 ± 1 mm Hg and tricuspid regurgitation gradient decreased from 83 ± 20 to 49 ± 5 mm Hg. Four patients (group 2) were asymptomatic, but routine echocardiogram showed a discrete mass on the ventricular aspect of the valve: 1 underwent reoperation to replace the valve and 3 received anticoagulation with complete resolution of the echocardiographic findings. In conclusion, bioprosthetic mitral thrombosis occurs in about 6% of cases. In our experience, onset is early, before anticipated valve degeneration. Clinical awareness followed by an initial trial with anticoagulation is warranted. Surgery should be reserved for those who are not responsive or patients in whom the hemodynamic status does not allow delay. Nonresection of the native valve at the initial operation may play a role in the origin of this entity.

  14. bir1 deletion causes malfunction of the spindle assembly checkpoint and apoptosis in yeast

    Qun eRen


    Full Text Available Cell division in yeast is a highly regulated and well studied event. Various checkpoints are placed throughout the cell cycle to ensure faithful segregation of sister chromatids. Unexpected events, such as DNA damage or oxidative stress, cause the activation of checkpoint(s and cell cycle arrest. Malfunction of the checkpoints may induce cell death. We previously showed that under oxidative stress, the budding yeast cohesin Mcd1, a homolog of human Rad21, was cleaved by the caspase-like protease Esp1. The cleaved Mcd1 C-terminal fragment was then translocated to mitochondria, causing apoptotic cell death. In the present study, we demonstrated that Bir1 plays an important role in spindle assembly checkpoint and cell death. Similar to H2O2 treatment, deletion of BIR1 using a BIR1-degron strain caused degradation of the securin Pds1, which binds and inactivates Esp1 until metaphase-anaphase transition in a normal cell cycle. BIR1 deletion caused an increase level of ROS and mis-location of Bub1, a major protein for spindle assembly checkpoint. In wild type, Bub1 was located at the kinetochores, but was primarily in the cytoplasm in bir1 deletion strain. When BIR1 was deleted, addition of nocodazole was unable to retain the Bub1 localization on kietochores, further suggesting that Bir1 is required to activate and maintain the spindle assembly checkpoint. Our study suggests that the BIR1 function in cell cycle regulation works in concert with its anti-apoptosis function.

  15. Validated linear dynamic model of electrically-shunted magnetostrictive transducers with application to structural vibration control

    Scheidler, Justin J.; Asnani, Vivake M.


    This paper presents a linear model of the fully-coupled electromechanical behavior of a generally-shunted magnetostrictive transducer. The impedance and admittance representations of the model are reported. The model is used to derive the effect of the shunt’s electrical impedance on the storage modulus and loss factor of the transducer without neglecting the inherent resistance of the transducer’s coil. The expressions are normalized and then shown to also represent generally-shunted piezoelectric materials that have a finite leakage resistance. The generalized expressions are simplified for three shunts: resistive, series resistive-capacitive, and inductive, which are considered for shunt damping, resonant shunt damping, and stiffness tuning, respectively. For each shunt, the storage modulus and loss factor are plotted for a wide range of the normalized parameters. Then, important trends and their impact on different applications are discussed. An experimental validation of the transducer model is presented for the case of resistive and resonant shunts. The model closely predicts the measured response for a variety of operating conditions. This paper also introduces a model for the dynamic compliance of a vibrating structure that is coupled to a magnetostrictive transducer for shunt damping and resonant shunt damping applications. This compliance is normalized and then shown to be analogous to that of a structure that is coupled to a piezoelectric material. The derived analogies allow for the observations and equations in the existing literature on structural vibration control using shunted piezoelectric materials to be directly applied to the case of shunted magnetostrictive transducers.

  16. Persistent hydrocephalus due to postural activation of a ventricular shunt anti-gravity device.

    Craven, Claudia L; Toma, Ahmed K; Watkins, Laurence D


    The ever present need to balance over drainage with under drainage in hydrocephalus has required innovations including adjustable valves with antigravity devices. These are activated in the vertical position to prevent siphoning. We describe a group of bedridden patients who presented with unexplained under drainage caused by activation of antigravity shunt components produced by peculiar head/body position. Retrospective single centre case series of hydrocephalus patients, treated with ventriculo-peritoneal (VP) shunt insertion between April 2014 - February 2016. These patients presented with clinical and radiological under drainage syndrome. Medical notes were reviewed for clinical picture and outcome. Radiological studies were reviewed assessing shunt placement and ventricular size. Seven patients presented with clinical and radiological under drainage syndrome. A consistent posturing of long term hyper-flexion of the neck whilst lying supine was observed. All patients had similar shunt construct (adjustable Miethke ProGAV valve and shunt assistant anti-gravity component). In each of those patients a hypothesis was formulated that neck flexion was activating the shunt assistance anti-gravity component in supine position. Five patients underwent shunt revision surgery removing the shunt assistant device from the cranium and adding an anti-gravity component to the shunt system at the chest. One had the shunt assistant completely removed and one patient was managed conservatively with mobilisation. All patients had clinical and radiological improvement. Antigravity shunt components implanted cranially in bedridden hydrocephalus patients will produce underdrainage due to head flexion induced anti-gravity device activation. In these patients, anti-gravity devices should be placed at the chest. Alternatively, special nursing attention should be paid to head-trunk angle.

  17. Early shunt complications in 46 children with hydrocephalus Complicações precoces de válvula de hidrocefalia em 46 crianças

    Moisés Heleno Vieira Braga


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To determine the causes of early shunt complications in 46 children with hydrocephalus. METHOD: A retrospective study was conducted on 46 children submitted to ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery between February 2005 and February 2007. RESULTS: Thirteen (28% patients presented complications, which were due to infection in 9 (69% and to malfunction of the shunt system in 4 (31%.The mean number of surgical procedures performed on patients who presented complications was 2.8 per patient, with a total of 46 surgeries in this group. All patients with infectious complications were identified during their hospital stay. CONCLUSIONS: Infection was the most common complication. The infection rate was proportional to the length of hospital stay. All patients with hydrocephalus due to tumors or myelomeningocele presented complications. A higher incidence of infections was observed in children older than 2 years.OBJETIVO: Determinar e as causas das complicações precoces nas válvulas de hidrocefalia de 46 crianças. MÉTODO: Um estudo retrospectivo foi realizado com 46 crianças submetidas a colocação de válvula de hidrocefalia no período de fevereiro de 2005 a fevereiro de 2007. RESULTADOS: Obtivemos 13 (28% pacientes com complicações sendo 9 (69% causadas por infecção e 4 (31% por mal funcionamento da válvula de hidrocefalia. A média de procedimentos cirúrgicos realizados nos pacientes com complicações foi de 2,8 por paciente, sendo o total de 46 cirurgias neste grupo. Todos os pacientes com complicações infecciosas foram detectados durante a internação hospitalar. CONCLUSÕES: Infecção foi a complicação mais comum. O índice de infecção foi proporcional ao tempo de permanência hospitalar. Todos os pacientes portadores de hidrocefalia secundária a tumores ou mielomeningocele complicaram. As crianças maiores de 2 anos de idade tiveram maior incidência de infecções.

  18. Time to First Shunt Failure in Pediatric Patients over 1 Year Old: A 10-Year Retrospective Study.

    Shannon, Chevis N; Carr, Kevin R; Tomycz, Luke; Wellons, John C; Tulipan, Noel


    Studies comparing alternatives to ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunting for treatment of hydrocephalus have often relied upon data from an earlier era that may not be representative of contemporary shunt survival outcomes. We sought to determine the shunt survival rate of our cohort and compare our results to previously published shunt survival and endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) success rates. We identified 95 patients between 1 and 18 years of age, who underwent initial VP shunt placement between January 2001 and December 2010. Our study shows a shunt survival rate of 85% at 6 months and 79% at 2 years, for initial shunts in pediatric patients over 1 year of age in this cohort. The overall infection rate was 3%. This compares favorably with published success rates of ETV at similar time points as well as with the rate of infection. This suggests that ventricular shunting remains a viable alternative to ETV in the older child.

  19. Shunting arc plasma source for pure carbon ion beam.

    Koguchi, H; Sakakita, H; Kiyama, S; Shimada, T; Sato, Y; Hirano, Y


    A plasma source is developed using a coaxial shunting arc plasma gun to extract a pure carbon ion beam. The pure carbon ion beam is a new type of deposition system for diamond and other carbon materials. Our plasma device generates pure carbon plasma from solid-state carbon material without using a hydrocarbon gas such as methane gas, and the plasma does not contain any hydrogen. The ion saturation current of the discharge measured by a double probe is about 0.2 mA∕mm(2) at the peak of the pulse.

  20. Valproic acid-induced hyperammonaemic coma and unrecognised portosystemic shunt.

    Nzwalo, Hipólito; Carrapatoso, Leonor; Ferreira, Fátima; Basilio, Carlos


    Hyperammonaemic encephalopathy is a rare and potentially fatal complication of valproic acid treatment. The clinical presentation of hyperammonaemic encephalopathy is wide and includes seizures and coma. We present a case of hyperammonaemic coma precipitated by sodium valproate use for symptomatic epilepsy in a patient with unrecognised portosystemic shunt, secondary to earlier alcoholism. The absence of any stigmata of chronic liver disease and laboratory markers of liver dysfunction delayed the recognition of this alcohol-related complication. The portal vein bypass led to a refractory, valproic acid-induced hyperammonaemic coma. The patient fully recovered after dialysis treatment.

  1. Characteristics of shunting arc discharge for carbon ion source

    Takaki, K.; Mukaigawa, S.; Fujiwara, T.; Kumagai, M.; Yukimura, K.


    The criteria of initial resistance of carbon rod for shunting arc ignition are described in this article. The five different resistances were used. The rods are 40 mm in length and 2 mm in diameter. The carbon rod was set in the vacuum and was initially heated up with a pulsed current supplied by a charged capacitor with a capacitance of 20 μF, followed by a self-ignition. The heating energy is almost independent of the charging voltage of the capacitor. The heating energy increases with decreasing the rod resistance, whereas the energy deposited in the plasma and the utilizing efficiency of the charged energy in the capacitor decreases.

  2. Piezoelectric vibration damping using resonant shunt circuits: an exact solution

    Soltani, P.; Kerschen, G.; Tondreau, G.; Deraemaeker, A.


    The objective of this paper is to propose an exact closed-form solution to the {{H}∞ } optimization of piezoelectric materials shunted with inductive-resistive passive electrical circuits. Realizing that Den Hartog's method which imposes fixed points of equal height in the receptance transfer function is approximate, the parameters of the piezoelectric tuned vibration absorber are calculated through the direct minimization of the maxima of the receptance. The method is applied to a one-degree-of-freedom primary oscillator considering various values of the electromechanical coupling coefficients.

  3. Shunting arc plasma source for pure carbon ion beama)

    Koguchi, H.; Sakakita, H.; Kiyama, S.; Shimada, T.; Sato, Y.; Hirano, Y.


    A plasma source is developed using a coaxial shunting arc plasma gun to extract a pure carbon ion beam. The pure carbon ion beam is a new type of deposition system for diamond and other carbon materials. Our plasma device generates pure carbon plasma from solid-state carbon material without using a hydrocarbon gas such as methane gas, and the plasma does not contain any hydrogen. The ion saturation current of the discharge measured by a double probe is about 0.2 mA/mm2 at the peak of the pulse.

  4. Measurement of the ductal L-R shunt during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in the lamb.

    Tanke, R.B.; Heijst, A.F.J. van; Klaessens, J.H.G.M.; Daniels, O.; Festen, C.


    OBJECTIVE: In neonates, initially a ductal shunt is often observed during veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Depending on the degree of pulmonary hypertension in these patients, the ductal shunt will be right to left (R-L), left to right (L-R), or bidirectional. A ductal L-R s

  5. The influence of ductal left-to-right shunting during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

    Tanke, R.B.; Daniëls, O.; Heyst, A. van; Lier, H.J.J. van; Festen, C.


    BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to analyze whether a ductal left-to-right (L-R) shunt will prolong extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in neonates with severe pulmonary hypertension. This report discusses the onset and termination of a ductal L-R shunt and its potential influenc

  6. 21 CFR 882.5550 - Central nervous system fluid shunt and components.


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Central nervous system fluid shunt and components... Central nervous system fluid shunt and components. (a) Identification. A central nervous system fluid... central nervous system to an internal delivery site or an external receptacle for the purpose of relieving...

  7. Intervening for RPA stenosis following Waterston shunt: Importance of anatomical definition of the coronary arteries.

    Hovis, Ian W; Sutton, Nicole J; Pass, Robert H


    Right pulmonary artery (RPA) stenosis following Waterston shunt is common. We report a case of RPA stenosis many years following tetralogy of Fallot repair with take-down of a Waterston shunt and demonstrate an unusual and important anatomic variant of proximity of the left coronary artery to the mid-portion of the RPA. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. Congenital portosystemic shunts: Imaging findings and clinical presentations in 11 patients

    Konstas, Angelos A., E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 55 Fruit St, Boston, MA 02114 (United States); Digumarthy, Subba R.; Avery, Laura L. [Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 55 Fruit St, Boston, MA 02114 (United States); Wallace, Karen L. [Department of Radiology, Mount Auburn Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 330 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Lisovsky, Mikhail; Misdraji, Joseph [Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 55 Fruit St, Boston, MA 02114 (United States); Hahn, Peter F. [Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 55 Fruit St, Boston, MA 02114 (United States)


    Objective: To evaluate the clinical anatomy and presentations of congenital portosystemic shunts, and determine features that promote recognition on imaging. Materials and methods: Institutional review board approval was obtained for this HIPAA-compliant study. The requirement for written informed consent was waived. Radiology reports were retrospectively reviewed from non-cirrhotic patients who underwent imaging studies from January 1999 through February 2009. Clinical sources reviewed included electronic medical records, archived images and histopathological material. Results: Eleven patients with congenital portosystemic shunts were identified (six male and five female; age range 20 days to 84 years). Seven patients had extrahepatic and four patients had intrahepatic shunts. All 11 patients had absent or hypoplastic intrahepatic portal veins, a feature detected by CT and MRI, but not by US. Seven patients presented with shunt complications and four with presentations unrelated to shunt pathophysiology. Three adult patients had four splenic artery aneurysms. Prospective radiological evaluation of five adult patients with cross-sectional imaging had failed prospectively to recognize the presence of congenital portosystemic shunts on one or more imaging examinations. Conclusions: Congenital portosystemic shunts are associated with splenic artery aneurysms, a previously unrecognized association. Portosystemic shunts were undetected during prospective radiologic evaluation in the majority of adult patients, highlighting the need to alert radiologists to this congenital anomaly.

  9. Electroacoustic absorbers: bridging the gap between shunt loudspeakers and active sound absorption.

    Lissek, Hervé; Boulandet, Romain; Fleury, Romain


    The acoustic impedance at the diaphragm of an electroacoustic transducer can be varied using a range of basic electrical control strategies, amongst which are electrical shunt circuits. These passive shunt techniques are compared to active acoustic feedback techniques for controlling the acoustic impedance of an electroacoustic transducer. The formulation of feedback-based acoustic impedance control reveals formal analogies with shunt strategies, and highlights an original method for synthesizing electric networks ("shunts") with positive or negative components, bridging the gap between passive and active acoustic impedance control. This paper describes the theory unifying all these passive and active acoustic impedance control strategies, introducing the concept of electroacoustic absorbers. The equivalence between shunts and active control is first formalized through the introduction of a one-degree-of-freedom acoustic resonator accounting for both electric shunts and acoustic feedbacks. Conversely, electric networks mimicking the performances of active feedback techniques are introduced, identifying shunts with active impedance control. Simulated acoustic performances are presented, with an emphasis on formal analogies between the different control techniques. Examples of electric shunts are proposed for active sound absorption. Experimental assessments are then presented, and the paper concludes with a general discussion on the concept and potential improvements.



    To determine how much myocardial O2 consumption (VO2) would increase during an additional load on the heart in shunt as compared with control lambs, we studied 12 7-wk-old lambs with an aortopulmonary left-to-right shunt (59 +/- 3% of left ventricular output, means +/-SE) and 11 control lambs during

  11. Right Heart Catheterization via Dialysis Arteriovenous Shunts in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients.

    Hsieh, Mu-Yang; Chen, Tsung-Yan; Lin, Lin; Liao, Min-Tsun; Wang, Ren-Huei; Kuo, Ruei-Cheng; Lai, Chao-Lun; Wu, Chih-Cheng


    Right heart catheterization is an important diagnostic tool but carries risks of adverse events. Little is known about the feasibility and safety of using dialysis arteriovenous (AV) shunts. We aim to evaluate the feasibility and safety of using dialysis AV shunts for access in right heart catheterization. Hemodialysis patients who required right heart catheterization were prospectively enrolled. A 7 Fr sheath was inserted and a balloon-tipped pulmonary artery catheter was advanced for right heart catheterization. Patients were followed for 1 month, and technical success, procedure details, and complications were recorded. Thirteen patients received right heart catheterization via AV shunts. Three patients were evaluated for heart failure, and 10 were examined for pulmonary hypertension. Median patient age was 69 years (interquartile range [IQR], 58-77 years), and median shunt age was 50 months (IQR, 32-75 months). Five shunts were located in the upper arm, 2 were in the right arm, and 5 were native fistulas. All AV shunt punctures were successful on the first attempt. All right heart catheterizations were completed via AV shunts, and the technical success rate was 100%. Median fluoroscopy time was 6.9 minutes. No venous access complications or right heart catheterization-related complications occurred immediately after the procedure or during the 1-month follow-up period. AV dialysis shunts can be used for venous access for right heart catheterization with acceptable feasibility and patient tolerability. Further randomized studies are needed to confirm the benefits of this approach compared with other approaches.

  12. Medication overuse as a cause of chronic headache in shunted hydrocephalus patients

    Willer, Lasse; Jensen, R H; Juhler, M


    To highlight the group of hydrocephalus patients known to have a long history of shunt revisions and refractory chronic headache. When a shunt in perfect working order has no effect on headache, other causes of headache should be investigated. In this paper, patients with medication overuse...

  13. Minimally-invasive treatment of communicating hydrocephalus using a percutaneous lumboperitoneal shunt

    Lu JIA; Guo-ping LI; Zhong-xin ZHAO; Chao YOU; Jia-gang LIU; Si-qing HUANG; Min HE; Pei-gang JI; Jie DUAN; Yi-jun ZENG


    Objective: To investigate the clinical value of a minimally-invasive treatment of communicating hydrocephalus using a percutaneous lumboperitoneal (LP) shunt. Method: The clinical and long-term follow-up data of 256 patients suffering from communicating hydrocephalus and undergoing percutaneous LP shunt during 1998 to 2008 were retrospectively analyzed. Results: After the follow-up, which lasted 6 months to 10 years, 219 cases of communicating hydrocephalus recovered well (ventricular size returned to normal and symptoms completely disappeared),25 cases were brought under control (ventricle size reduced by 50% and symptoms partially abated), and 12 cases showed no obvious changes. Fifteen obese subjects needed modifications of the shunt due to the obstruction of the abdominal end following wrapping, and one subject underwent extubation as the subject was unable to tolerate stimulation of the cauda equina. The effectiveness of shunting was 91.40% and the probability of shunt-tube obstruction, which occurs predominantly in the abdominal end, was only 5.85%, far lower than that of ventriculoperitoneal (VP)shunt. Three subjects had a history of infection following VP shunting. Conclusion: LP shunting is minimally invasive and effective in treating communicating hydrocephalus, with fewer complications.

  14. Medication overuse as a cause of chronic headache in shunted hydrocephalus patients

    Willer, Lasse; Jensen, R H; Juhler, M


    To highlight the group of hydrocephalus patients known to have a long history of shunt revisions and refractory chronic headache. When a shunt in perfect working order has no effect on headache, other causes of headache should be investigated. In this paper, patients with medication overuse...

  15. The use of contrast echocardiography for the detection of cardiac shunts

    O.I.I. Soliman (Osama Ibrahim Ibrahim); M.L. Geleijnse (Marcel); F.J. Meijboom (Folkert); A. Nemes (Attila); O. Kamp (Otto); P. Nihoyannopoulos (Petros); N. Masani (Navroz); S.B. Feinstein (Steven); F.J. ten Cate (Folkert)


    textabstractRecently, debate has erupted about the clinical significance of cardiovascular shunts. Several major health problems such as stroke and migraine have been associated with patent foramen ovale (PFO) with right-to-left shunt (RLS). The nature of the relationship between these syndromes and

  16. Creation of transcatheter aortopulmonary and cavopulmonary shunts using magnetic catheters: feasibility study in swine.

    Levi, Daniel S; Danon, Saar; Gordon, Brent; Virdone, Nicky; Vinuela, Fernando; Shah, Sanjay; Carman, Greg; Moore, John W


    Surgical shunts are the basic form of palliation for many types of congenital heart disease. The Glenn shunt (superior cavopulmonary connection) and central shunt (aortopulmonary connection) represent surgical interventions that could potentially be accomplished by transcatheter techniques. We sought to investigate the efficacy of using neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) magnetic catheters to create transcatheter cavopulmonary and aortopulmonary shunts. NdFeB magnets were machined and integrated into catheters. "Target" catheters were placed in the pulmonary arteries (PAs), and radiofrequency "perforation" catheters were placed in either the descending aorta (DAo) for central shunts or the superior vena cava (SVC) for Glenn shunts. The magnet technique or "balloon target" method was used to pass wires from the DAo or the SVC into the PA. Aortopulmonary and cavopulmonary connections were then created using Atrium iCAST covered stents. Magnet catheters were used to perforate the left pulmonary artery from the DAo, thereby establishing a transcatheter central shunt. Given the orientation of the vasculature, magnetic catheters could not be used for SVC-to-PA connections; however, perforation from the SVC to the right pulmonary artery was accomplished with a trans-septal needle and balloon target. Transcatheter Glenn or central shunts were successfully created in four swine.

  17. Intrapulmonary shunting in primary pulmonary hypertension: an observation in two patients treated with epoprostenol sodium.

    Castro, P F; Bourge, R C; McGiffin, D C; Benza, R L; Fan, P; Pinkard, N B; McGoon, M D


    Continuous intravenous infusion of epoprostenol sodium in selected patients with primary pulmonary hypertension improves symptoms and survival. This report describes two patients with primary pulmonary hypertension treated with epoprostenol in whom intrapulmonary shunting and severe hypoxemia occurred. Intrapulmonary shunting was confirmed by contrast echocardiography showing delayed appearance of bubbles in the left cardiac chambers after peripheral venous injection of agitated saline solution.

  18. Normal-pressure hydrocephalus: current understanding of diagnostic tests and shunting

    Black, P.M.


    Normal-pressure hydrocephalus is no longer difficult to diagnose or treat-cranial computed tomographic scanning has made the diagnosis of ventricular enlargement straightforward, and shunt placement often helps the patient whose condition can be traced to a specific cause. Predicting accurately whether a patient will benefit from a shunt, however, is still problematic.

  19. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt tube infection and changing pattern of antibiotic sensitivity in neurosurgery practice: Alarming trends

    Vikas Kumar


    Conclusion: Ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection has become an important concern in cases of hydrocephalus. Due to the development of a high proportion of antibiotic resistance, we recommend an empirical therapy of antibiotic therapy for prophylaxis and suspected infection in ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery.

  20. Fractured inlet connecting tube of the flat bottom flushing device of a posterior fossa cystoperitoneal shunt

    Abbas Amirjamshidi


    Conclusion: Awareness of the possibility of fracture site in the junction of the inlet connector of flat bottom shunt systems is warranted and can be diagnosed by three-dimensional computed tomography (3D CT imaging without performing shunt series study.

  1. Shunt Devices for the Treatment of Adult Hydrocephalus: Recent Progress and Characteristics.

    Miyake, Hiroji


    Various types of shunt valves have been developed during the past 50 years, most of which can be classified into the following categories: (1) fixed differential pressure valves; (2) fixed differential pressure (DP) valves with an antisiphon mechanism; (3) programmable DP valves; (4) programmable DP valves with an antisiphon mechanism; and (5) programmable antisiphon valves. When considering the myriad of possible postoperative condition changes, such as the onset of accidental non-related diseases or trauma in adults, and changes in normal physiological development or anticipation of future shunt removal in children, it has become standard to use the programmable valve as a first choice for cerebrospinal fluid shunting. However, it is still unclear what type of shunt valve is suitable for each individual case. Based on the results of SINPHONI and more recently SINPHONI 2 trials, the programmable DP valve is recommended as the first line shunt valve. The programmable DP valve with an antisiphon mechanism is thought to be beneficial for tall, slender patients, who have a tendency for easily developing complications of overdrainage, however, this type of valve must be used cautiously in obese patients because of the increased risk of underdrainage. Although the current evidence is still insufficient, the programmable antisiphon valve, which costs the same as the programmable DP valve, is also thought to be the first line shunt valve. The quick reference table is applicable for most shunt valves, and for patients with either the ventriculoperitoneal or the lumboperitoneal shunt.

  2. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt for treatment of hydrocephalus in a French bulldog puppy.

    Giacinti, Jolene A


    A 6.5-week-old bulldog was presented with lethargy, anorexia, and stunted growth. A domed skull, ventrolateral strabismus, hypermetria, and delayed hopping were observed. Congenital hydrocephalus was diagnosed and a ventriculoperitoneal shunt was placed. After surgery, a shunt obstruction occurred but resolved with treatment. The puppy responded well and neurological deficits continued to improve after surgery.

  3. Calibration of piezoelectric RL shunts with explicit residual mode correction

    Høgsberg, Jan Becker; Krenk, Steen


    Piezoelectric RL (resistive-inductive) shunts are passive resonant devices used for damping of dominant vibration modes of a flexible structure and their efficiency relies on the precise calibration of the shunt components. In the present paper improved calibration accuracy is attained by an exte...



    To compare hemodynamic changes induced by isoproterenol and exercise stress tests in individuals with and without left, ventricular volume load, we studied 10 lambs with an aortopulmonary shunt [58 +/- 4% (SE) of left ventricular output] 2 wk after the shunt was created. Two studies, isoproterenol

  5. Endoscopic third ventricul ostomy versus ventricul operitoneal shunt:clinical study of obstructive hydro cephalus in infants%婴幼儿阻塞性脑积水两种手术方式的疗效比较

    江峰; 赵阳; 孙莲萍; 金惠明; 马杰


    Objective We analyzed those infant patients with obstructive hydrocephalus since 2005 in our department. The postoperative outcome was compared by follow-up data such as images and clinical finding. Methods 36 subjects were included in the study, and divided as ETV group and VP shunt group depend on the surgical procedure. We retrospectively analyzed the follow-up data such as images and clinical finding of the obstructive patients younger than 2 years old in our department since 2005 , and compare the successful rate and complication rate. Results Among 36 patients , 20 of them were treated with ETV and 16 0f them were treated with VP shunt. In ETV group , 1 infant did not get improved and suffered from CSF leakage after operation, and VP shunt was performed to avoid intracranial infection. Intraventricular hemorrhage occurred in 1 and was treated with medicine. 1 child presented with subdural hemotoma and recovered. 2 children had seizure after surgery was treated with medicine without recurrence. The complications were transient and mostly recovered, no late complication. No severe complication occurred. The early complication rate was 25% in ETV group and successful rate was 95% . In VP shunt group, 1 child presented with incranial infection, the ventricular catheter was removed to treat the infection. VP shunt was performed again after the infection was controlled. 1 case did not improve and performed ETV to control the hydrocephalus. 1 case presented with shunt malfunction and was treated with repeated VP shunt one year after the first surgery. 1 case suffered from the ventricular catheter migration and was treated with the repeated VP shunt 1 year after operation. In VP shunt group, the overall successful rate was 75% , the complication rate was 25% . Among them, the early complication rate was 6. 25% , the late complication rate was 18. 75 % , all the complications need surgery precedure. Conclusions It could be concluded that ETV is the most

  6. Clinical and ultrasonographic criteria for using ventriculoperitoneal shunts in newborns with myelomeningocele

    Jose Roberto Tude Melo


    Full Text Available Objective Hydrocephalus is one of the main complications associated with myelomeningocele (MM. This study aimed to identify clinical and ultrasonographic criteria for using ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunts in this group of patients.Method A retrospective cohort study, based on established protocol for VP shunt implant in hydrocephalic children with MM. Parameters used to guide the indication of VP shunts included measurement of head circumference (HC, evaluation of fontanels, and measurement of lateral ventricular atrium (LVA width by transcranial ultrasonography.Results 43 children were included in the analysis, of which 74% had hydrocephalus and required a VP shunt. These children had LVA width ≥ 15 mm, showed increased HC, or had bulging fontanels.Conclusion VP shunt is required in children with increased HC (≥ 2 standard deviation regarding age group, bulging fontanels, or LVA width of ≥ 15 mm after the closure of MM.

  7. Communicating hydrocephalus due to cerebral venous sinus thrombosis treated with ventriculoperitoneal shunt

    Rahul T Chakor


    Full Text Available Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVT is a rare cerebrovascular disease with variable presentation. CVT rarely causes hydrocephalus. Communicating hydrocephalus due to CVT is extremely rare. We describe a patient of CVT presenting with chronic headache and communicating hydrocephalus. The patient was successfully treated with ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt. A 40 year old man presented with moderate to severe headache since six months and progressive visual loss since two months. Head Computed tomogram showed mild hydrocephalus without obstruction. Lumbar puncture (LP demonstrated elevated pressure but was otherwise normal. Magnetic resonance venogram showed extensive CVT. Repeated CSF drainage and thecoperitoneal shunt did not relieve the severe headache hence a VP shunt was placed. Post shunt headache subsided with resolution of hydrocephalus. CVT can present as communicating hydrocephalus. Gradual reduction of intra-ventricular pressure by repeated LPs followed by VP shunt can safely treat hydrocephalus due to CVT.

  8. Early mediastinal seroma secondary to modified Blalock-Taussig shunts - successful management by percutaneous drainage

    Connolly, Bairbre L.; Temple, Michael J.; Chait, Peter G.; Restrepo, Ricardo [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X8 (Canada); Adatia, Ian [Department of Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X8 (Canada)


    Large symptomatic mediastinal seroma following modified-BT shunts, traditionally required revisional thoracotomy. We describe percutaneous image-guided pigtail catheter drainage in the successful treatment of early mediastinal seroma secondary to PTFE Blalock-Taussig shunt, avoiding thoracotomy. A retrospective review of all relevant clinical and imaging records in five patients was performed. All five presented with intermittent stridor, respiratory distress and/or episodic desaturation within 6 weeks of their surgery. In four of five infants, percutaneous drainage was effective and reoperation was avoided. In one of five, rather than urgent surgical evacuation and BT shunt revision, we were able to perform an elective stage-II bidirectional Glenn SVC-RA anastamosis in a stable infant. There were no complications. Percutaneous image-guided drainage of mediastinal seroma secondary to PTFE-BT shunt is a safe, minimally invasive, and effective treatment. This may avoid BT shunt revision. (orig.)

  9. Tunable band gaps in acoustic metamaterials with periodic arrays of resonant shunted piezos

    Chen Sheng-Bing; Wen Ji-Hong; Wang Gang; Wen Xi-Sen


    Periodic arrays of resonant shunted piezoelectric patches are employed to control the wave propagation in a twodimensional (2D) acoustic metamaterial.The performance is characterized by the finite element method.More importantly,we propose an approach to solving the conventional issue of the nonlinear eigenvalue problem,and give a convenient solution to the dispersion properties of 2D metamaterials with periodic arrays of resonant shunts in this article.Based on this modeling method,the dispersion relations of a 2D metamaterial with periodic arrays of resonant shunted piezos are calculated.The results show that the internal resonances of the shunting system split the dispersion curves,thereby forming a locally resonant band gap.However,unlike the conventional locally resonant gap,the vibrations in this locally resonant gap are unable to be completely localized in oscillators consisting of shunting inductors and piezo-patches.

  10. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt-related infections caused by Staphylococcus epidermidis: pathogenesis and implications for treatment.

    Stevens, Niall T


    The insertion of medical devices, such as intraventricular shunts, is often complicated by infection leading to ventriculitis. Frequently, such infections result from colonisation and subsequent biofilm formation on the surfaces of the shunts by Staphylococcus epidermidis. The pathogenesis of neurosurgical shunt-related infection is complex with interactions between the pathogen, the device and the unique local immunological environment of the central nervous system (CNS). An ability to form biofilm, the main virulence determinant of Staphylococcus epidermidis, facilitates protection of the organism from the host defences while still initiating an immunological response. The presence of the blood brain barrier (BBB) and the biofilm itself also complicates treatment, which presents many challenges when managing shunt infections. A greater understanding of the interplay between S. epidermidis and the CNS could potentially improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of such infections. This review describes the pathogenesis, treatment and implications of S. epidermidis ventriculoperitoneal shunt-related infections, concentrating on recent research and the implications for treatment.

  11. Tunable band gaps in acoustic metamaterials with periodic arrays of resonant shunted piezos

    Chen, Sheng-Bing; Wen, Ji-Hong; Wang, Gang; Wen, Xi-Sen


    Periodic arrays of resonant shunted piezoelectric patches are employed to control the wave propagation in a two-dimensional (2D) acoustic metamaterial. The performance is characterized by the finite element method. More importantly, we propose an approach to solving the conventional issue of the nonlinear eigenvalue problem, and give a convenient solution to the dispersion properties of 2D metamaterials with periodic arrays of resonant shunts in this article. Based on this modeling method, the dispersion relations of a 2D metamaterial with periodic arrays of resonant shunted piezos are calculated. The results show that the internal resonances of the shunting system split the dispersion curves, thereby forming a locally resonant band gap. However, unlike the conventional locally resonant gap, the vibrations in this locally resonant gap are unable to be completely localized in oscillators consisting of shunting inductors and piezo-patches.

  12. A rare cause of pediatric urinary incontinence: Ventriculoperitoneal shunt with bladder perforation

    Manuel C See IV


    Full Text Available We present a case of 2-year-old boy with long term dysuria and intermittent incontinence, and new onset of fever and headache. Significant past medical history includes congenital hydrocephalus with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement two years prior to consult. On physical examination, a tubular structure was noted underneath the prepuce suspected to be the distal tip of ventriculoperitoneal shunt, which was confirmed by kidney, ureter and bladder (KUB X-ray and CT scan. Patient was treated with a novel approach of extraperitoneal removal of ventriculoperitoneal shunt distal tip with cystorrhaphy via a low transverse pfannenstiel incision, separate left ventriculostomy tube insertion and complete removal of ventriculoperitoneal shunt from the right ventricle. This report accounts a rare pediatric case with ventriculoperitoneal shunt perforation into a normal bladder successfully treated with mini-open surgery.

  13. The Shunt-LDO regulator to power the upgraded ATLAS pixel detector

    Gonella, L; Hügging, F; Krüger, H; Wermes, N


    The shunt-LDO regulator is a new regulator concept which combines a shunt and a Low Drop-Out (LDO) regulator. Designed as an improved shunt regulator to match the needs of serially powered detector systems, it can also be used as a pure LDO regulator for general application in powering schemes requiring linear regulation. The flexibility of the design makes the shunt-LDO regulator a good candidate for use in the powering schemes envisaged for the upgrades of the ATLAS pixel detector. Two shunt-LDO regulators integrated in the prototype of the next ATLAS pixel front-end chip, the FE-I4A, are used to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed powering solutions.

  14. Rex shunt preoperative imaging: diagnostic capability of imaging modalities.

    Sharon W Kwan

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic capability of imaging modalities used for preoperative mesenteric-left portal bypass ("Rex shunt" planning. Twenty patients with extrahepatic portal vein thrombosis underwent 57 preoperative planning abdominal imaging studies. Two readers retrospectively reviewed these studies for an ability to confidently determine left portal vein (PV patency, superior mesenteric vein (SMV patency, and intrahepatic left and right PV contiguity. In this study, computed tomographic arterial portography allowed for confident characterization of left PV patency, SMV patency and left and right PV continuity in 100% of the examinations. Single phase contrast-enhanced CT, multi-phase contrast-enhanced CT, multiphase contrast-enhanced MRI, and transarterial portography answered all key diagnostic questions in 33%, 30%, 0% and 8% of the examinations, respectively. In conclusion, of the variety of imaging modalities that have been employed for Rex shunt preoperative planning, computed tomographic arterial portography most reliably allows for assessment of left PV patency, SMV patency, and left and right PV contiguity in a single study.

  15. Fabrication and characterization of shunted μ-SQUID

    Kumar, Nikhil; Fournier, T.; Courtois, H.; Gupta, Anjan K.


    In order to eliminate hysteresis, we have fabricated and characterized niobium based shunted micron size superconducting quantum interference devices (μ-SQUIDs). We find a wide temperature range where these μ-SQUIDs are non-hysteretic in nature and show a very good Ic vs. B oscillations in hysteretic regime and V vs. B oscillations in non-hysteretic regime. Here we report the characteristics of a shunted- μ-SQUID (Wf38LS72D5). In this device we have achieved a large voltage modulation, in non-hysteretic regime, at various temperatures including such as 1.1 mV at 6.62 K with a transfer function VΦ = 7.2mV/Φ0. The figures within the original article PDF file, as supplied to AIP Publishing, were affected by a PDF-processing error. Consequently, the article re-flowed and pagination increased from 3 to 4 pages. This article was updated on 14 May 2014 to correct the PDF-processing error, with the scientific content remaining unchanged. Readers are advised that the replacement article PDF file contains an additional blank page to preserve the original pagination.

  16. Fabrication and characterization of shunted μ-SQUID

    Kumar, Nikhil, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur - 208016 (India); Fournier, T.; Courtois, H.; Gupta, Anjan K. [Institute Neel, CNRS and Université Joseph Fourier, 25 Avenue des Martyrs, BP 166, 38042, Grenoble (France)


    In order to eliminate hysteresis, we have fabricated and characterized niobium based shunted micron size superconducting quantum interference devices (μ-SQUIDs). We find a wide temperature range where these μ-SQUIDs are non-hysteretic in nature and show a very good I{sub c} vs. B oscillations in hysteretic regime and V vs. B oscillations in non-hysteretic regime. Here we report the characteristics of a shunted- μ-SQUID (Wf38LS72D5). In this device we have achieved a large voltage modulation, in non-hysteretic regime, at various temperatures including such as 1.1 mV at 6.62 K with a transfer function V{sub Φ} = 7.2mV/Φ{sub 0}. The figures within the original article PDF file, as supplied to AIP Publishing, were affected by a PDF-processing error. Consequently, the article re-flowed and pagination increased from 3 to 4 pages. This article was updated on 14 May 2014 to correct the PDF-processing error, with the scientific content remaining unchanged. Readers are advised that the replacement article PDF file contains an additional blank page to preserve the original pagination.

  17. Choice of valve type and poor ventricular catheter placement: Modifiable factors associated with ventriculoperitoneal shunt failure.

    Jeremiah, Kealeboga Josephine; Cherry, Catherine Louise; Wan, Kai Rui; Toy, Jennifer Ah; Wolfe, Rory; Danks, Robert Andrew


    Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt insertion is a common neurosurgical procedure, essentially unchanged in recent years, with high revision rates. We aimed to identify potentially modifiable associations with shunt failure. One hundred and forty patients who underwent insertion of a VP shunt from 2005-2009 were followed for 5-9years. Age at shunt insertion ranged from 0 to 91years (median 44, 26% hydrocephalus were congenital (26%), tumour-related (25%), post-haemorrhagic (24%) or normal pressure hydrocephalus (19%). Fifty-eight (42%) patients required ⩾1 shunt revision. Of these, 50 (88%) were for proximal catheter blockage. The median time to first revision was 108days. Early post-operative CT scans were available in 105 patients. Using a formal grading system, catheter placement was considered excellent in 49 (47%) but poor (extraventricular) in 13 (12%). On univariate analysis, younger age, poor ventricular catheter placement and use of a non-programmable valve were associated with shunt failure. On logistic regression modelling, the independent associations with VP shunt failure were poor catheter placement (odds ratio [OR] 4.9, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.3-18.9, p=0.02) and use of a non-programmable valve (OR 0.4, 95% CI 0.2-1.0, p=0.04). In conclusion, poor catheter placement (revision rate 77%) was found to be the strongest predictor of shunt failure, with no difference in revisions between excellent (43%) and moderate (43%) catheter placement. Avoiding poor placement in those with mild or moderate ventriculomegaly may best reduce VP shunt failures. There may also be an influence of valve choice on VP shunt survival.

  18. Severe Intraoperative Hypercapnia Complicating an Unsual Malfunction of the Inner Tube of a Co-axial (BAIN'S Circuit

    Youssef Emam Youssef


    Full Text Available The Bain's co-axial circuit system is fully established in general anaesthesia practice. It is favoured for its light weight and suitability for head and neck surgery. However, there are numerous published reports of malfunction of the inner tube of the Bain's co-axial circuit, with potentially lethal complications for the patient. This report presents a case in which a patient connected to a reused Bain's circuit (Datex-Ohmeda developed severe hypercapnia in the early intraoperative period due to unusual defect of the inner tube. This report tests and outlines the integrity of co-axial circuits and also reviews the available literature.

  19. Distal splenorenal shunt with splenopancreatic disconnection for portal hypertension in biliary atresia.

    Hasegawa, T; Tamada, H; Fukui, Y; Tanano, H; Okada, A


    This study evaluated the long-term effects of distal splenorenal shunt with splenopancreatic disconnection (DSRS-SPD) on portal hypertension (PH) in biliary atresia (BA) patients. Five patients with BA underwent DSRS-SPD at the age of 3.3 to 8.5 years. They had been free from jaundice after hepatic portoenterostomy (HPE); however, they gradually developed gastroesophageal varices and hypersplenism. Portal venous pressure after anastomosis was 37.2 +/- 6.1 cmH2O, as high as that before anastomosis (37.8 +/- 3.3 cmH2O). Postoperatively, liver function tests became worse within 2 weeks; however, they returned to preoperative levels within 1 month without any further treatment. No patient developed a significant encephalopathy throughout the observed period. During follow-up of 4 to 12 years, the shunt was patent in all patients. Spleen size decreased after operation. Abdominal-wall venous dilatation completely disappeared in two of four patients. The platelet counts gradually increased and were significantly higher 3 years (126.6 +/- 59.3 x 10(3)/mm3) after DSRS-SPD than preoperative values (66.0 +/- 24.2 x 10(3)/mm3). White blood cell counts showed no significant changes. No patient developed a gastrointestinal hemorrhage postoperatively, although three had had repeated hemorrhages before the operation. Two patients showed disappearance of varices endoscopically at 2 years and 7 months after DSRS-SPD, respectively, but had recurrent varices at 7 and 11 years, respectively. The endoscopic findings regarding varices 3 to 7 years after DSRS-SPD were as follows: decreased number (80%); decreased length (40%); improvement of form (20%); improvement of fundamental color (60%); disappearance of red-color sign (100%); disappearance of gastric varices (75%); and disappearance of acute gastric mucosal lesions (100%). Although one patient later underwent liver transplantation because of progression of liver cirrhosis, all five are doing well. From these results, DSRS-SPD may

  20. Laparoscopic distal splenoadrenal shunt for the treatment of portal hypertension in children with congenital hepatic fibrosis

    Zhang, Jin-Shan; Cheng, Wei; Li, Long


    Abstract Background: The distal splenorenal shunt is an effective procedure for the treatment of portal hypertension in children. However, there has been no report about laparoscopic distal splenorenal shunt in the treatment of portal hypertension in children. Methods: From December 2015 to August 2016, 4 children with upper gastrointestinal bleeding underwent laparoscopic distal splenoadrenal shunt. Portal hypertension and splenomegaly were demonstrated on the preoperative computed tomography (CT) and sonography. The distal splenic vein was mobilized and anastomosed to the left adrenal vein laparoscopically. All patients were followed-up postoperatively. Results: The laparoscopic distal splenoadrenal shunt was successfully performed in all patients. The liver fibrosis was diagnosed by postoperative liver pathology. The operative time ranged from 180 to 360 minutes. The blood loss was minimal. The length of hospital stay was 6 to 13 days. The duration of following-up was 1 to 9 months (median: 3 months). The portal pressure and splenic size were decreased postoperatively. The complete blood count normalized and the biochemistry tests were within normal range after surgery. Postoperative ultrasound and CT confirmed shunt patency and satisfactory flow in the splenoadrenal shunt in all patients. No patient developed recurrence of variceal bleeding. Conclusions: The laparoscopic splenoadrenal shunt is a feasible treatment of portal hypertension in children. PMID:28099341

  1. Controversies: Optic nerve sheath fenestration versus shunt placement for the treatment of idiopathic intracranial hypertension

    Arielle Spitze


    Full Text Available Background: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH has been increasing in prevalence in the past decade, following the obesity epidemic. When medical treatment fails, surgical treatment options must be considered. However, controversy remains as to which surgical procedure is the preferred surgical option - optic nerve sheath fenestration (ONSF or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF shunting - for the long-term treatment of this syndrome. Purpose: To provide a clinical update of the pros and cons of ONSF versus shunt placement for the treatment of IIH. Design: This was a retrospective review of the current literature in the English language indexed in PubMed. Methods: The authors conducted a PubMed search using the following terms: Idiopathic IIH, pseudotumor cerebri, ONSF, CSF shunts, vetriculo-peritoneal shunting, and lumbo-peritoneal shunting. The authors included pertinent and significant original articles, review articles, and case reports, which revealed the new aspects and updates in these topics. Results: The treatment of IIH remains controversial and lacks randomized controlled clinical trial data. Treatment of IIH rests with the determination of the severity of IIH-related visual loss and headache. Conclusion: The decision for ONSF versus shunting is somewhat institution and surgeon dependent. ONSF is preferred for patients with visual symptoms whereas shunting is reserved for patients with headache. There are positive and negative aspects of both procedures, and a prospective, randomized, controlled trial is needed (currently underway. This article will hopefully be helpful in allowing the reader to make a more informed decision until that time.

  2. DNA Damage-Induced HSPC Malfunction Depends on ROS Accumulation Downstream of IFN-1 Signaling and Bid Mobilization.

    Tasdogan, Alpaslan; Kumar, Suresh; Allies, Gabriele; Bausinger, Julia; Beckel, Franziska; Hofemeister, Helmut; Mulaw, Medhanie; Madan, Vikas; Scharfetter-Kochanek, Karin; Feuring-Buske, Michaela; Doehner, Konstanze; Speit, Günter; Stewart, A Francis; Fehling, Hans Joerg


    Mouse mutants with an impaired DNA damage response frequently exhibit a set of remarkably similar defects in the HSPC compartment that are of largely unknown molecular basis. Using Mixed-Lineage-Leukemia-5 (Mll5)-deficient mice as prototypical examples, we have identified a mechanistic pathway linking DNA damage and HSPC malfunction. We show that Mll5 deficiency results in accumulation of DNA damage and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in HSPCs. Reduction of ROS efficiently reverses hematopoietic defects, establishing ROS as a major cause of impaired HSPC function. The Ink4a/Arf locus also contributes to HSPC phenotypes, at least in part via promotion of ROS. Strikingly, toxic ROS levels in Mll5(-/-) mice are critically dependent on type 1 interferon (IFN-1) signaling, which triggers mitochondrial accumulation of full-length Bid. Genetic inactivation of Bid diminishes ROS levels and reverses HSPC defects in Mll5(-/-) mice. Overall, therefore, our findings highlight an unexpected IFN-1 > Bid > ROS pathway underlying DNA damage-associated HSPC malfunction.

  3. Damping Analyses of Structural Vibrations and Shunted Piezoelectric Transducers

    Saber Mohammadi


    Full Text Available Piezoelectric transducers in conjunction with appropriate electric networks can be used as a mechanical energy dissipation device. Alternatively, undesired mechanical energy of a structure could be converted into electrical energy that can be dissipated through a shunt network in the form of Joule heating. This paper presents an experimental method to calculate damping energy in mechanical systems. However, the mathematical description of damping mechanism is much more complicated, and any process responsible for the occurrence of damping is very intricate. Structural and piezoelectric damping are calculated and analysed in the case of pulse switching or SSDI semiactive vibration control technique. This technique which was developed in the field of piezoelectric damping consists in triggering the inverting switch on each extremum of the piezoelectric voltage which induces an increase of the electromechanical energy conversion.

  4. Analysis of new actuation methods for capacitive shunt micro switchs

    Ben Sassi S


    Full Text Available This work investigates the use of new actuation methods in capacitive shunt micro switches. We formulate the coupled electromechanical problem by taking into account the fringing effects and nonlinearities due to mid-plane stretching. Static analysis is undertaken using the Differential Quadrature Method (DQM to obtain the pull in voltage which is verified by means of the Finite Element Method (FEM. Based on Galerkin approximation, a single degree of freedom dynamic model is developed and limit-cycle solutions are calculated using the Finite Difference Method (FDM. In addition to the harmonic waveform signal, we apply novel actuation waveform signals to simulate the frequency-response. We show that, biased signals, using a square wave signal reduces significantly the pull-in voltage compared to the triangular and harmonic signal . Finally, these results are validated experimentally.

  5. Sudden deafness and right-to-left shunts.

    Iguchi, Yasuyuki; Kimura, Kazumi; Kobayashi, Kazuto; Tachi, Toshihiro; Aihara, Teruhito; Harada, Tamotsu


    One of the etiologies for idiopathic sudden deafness is considered to be ischemia of the inner ear. Cryptogenic stroke is caused by a right-to-left shunt (RLS). The present study investigated whether RLS is associated with the occurrence of sudden deafness. Contrast saline transcranial Doppler ultrasonography was performed to detect RLS. Subjects comprised 23 consecutive sudden deafness patients and 46 age- and gender-matched controls. Clinical characteristics, including vascular risk factors, were compared between sudden deafness and control groups. RLS was more frequent in the sudden deafness group than in controls (48 vs. 17%, p = 0.011). No significant differences in other clinical characteristics were seen between groups. RLS may be a potential cause of sudden deafness. Copyright 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  6. Creating interatrial shunts in heart failure and pulmonary hypertension

    Wolsk, Emil; Gustafsson, Finn


    Patients with elevated filling pressures are at increased risk of adverse cardiovascular (CV) outcomes. Structural interventions to lower elevated either left or right atrial filling pressures are gaining attention. Studies in heart failure show that lowering left atrial pressure may reduce CV...... events while improving functional capacity. In recognition of this, trials are ongoing studying the effects of percutaneously implanted interatrial shunt devices (IASD). The preliminary results of IASD implantation suggest that periprocedural complications are rare and midterm safety good. Although both...... haemodynamic and functional parameters improve after IASD implantation, study designs, including sample size and duration, preclude definite conclusions regarding potential efficacy. In this paper, we briefly summarise current knowledge in the field, and give a perspective on the data needed to make...

  7. Finite Element and Experimental Study of Shunting in Resistance Spot Welding

    Seyyedian Choobi, M.; Nielsen, C. V.; Bay, N.


    conducted to investigate the effect of shunting on nugget size in spot welding of HSLA steel sheets. Different cases with different spacing between weld spots have been examined. The nugget sizes have been measured by metallographic examination and have been compared with 3D finite element simulations....... The results of this study revealed that the shunt effect becomes negligible when the minimum weld spacing is about six times the electrode diameter. The results showed that the weld nugget diameter is more sensitive to shunt effect than the nugget height....

  8. Liver resection for the treatment of a congenital intrahepatic portosystemic venous shunt

    Michail Papamichail; Amir Ali; Alberto Quaglia; John Karani; Nigel Heaton


    Intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (IPSS) are rare congenital anomalies arising from disordered portal vein em-bryogenesis. It has been described in both children and adults and may be asymptomatic or be associated with a variety of neurophysiological and pulmonary complications. When rec-ognized, early intervention to occlude the shunt will reverse the associated complications. Literature review reports of surgical and radiological occlusion of the shunt, but due to its rarity, a standard therapeutic protocol has not been established. A case of a 38-year-old woman with abdominal pain and low grade encephalopathy, diagnosed with an IPSS and treated by right hepatectomy was reported.

  9. Intrahepatic Portosystemic Venous Shunt: Successful Embolization Using the Amplatzer Vascular Plug II

    Lee, Young Ju; Shin, Byung Seok; Lee, In Ho; Ohm, Joon Young; Lee, Byung Seok; Ahn, Moon Sang [Chungnam National University Hospital, Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ho Jun [Dept. of Radiology, Konyang University Hospital, Konyang University College of Medicine, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    A 67-year-old woman presented with memory impairment and behavioral changes. Brain MRI indicated hepatic encephalopathy. Abdominal CT scans revealed an intrahepatic portosystemic venous shunt that consisted of two shunt tracts to the aneurysmal sac that communicated directly with the right hepatic vein. The large tract was successfully occluded by embolization using the newly available AMPLATZERTM Vascular Plug II and the small tract was occluded by using coils. The patient's symptoms disappeared after shunt closure and she remained free of recurrence at the 3-month follow-up evaluation.

  10. Lack of shunt response in suspected idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus with Alzheimer disease pathology.

    Hamilton, Roy; Patel, Sunil; Lee, Edward B; Jackson, Eric M; Lopinto, Joanna; Arnold, Steven E; Clark, Christopher M; Basil, Anuj; Shaw, Leslie M; Xie, Sharon X; Grady, M Sean; Trojanowski, John Q


    To determine the impact of cortical Alzheimer disease pathology on shunt responsiveness in individuals treated for idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH), 37 patients clinically diagnosed with iNPH participated in a prospective study in which performance on neurologic, psychometric, and gait measures before and 4 months after shunting was correlated with amyloid β plaques, neuritic plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles observed in cortical biopsies obtained during shunt insertion. No complications resulted from biopsy acquisition. Moderate to severe pathology was associated with worse baseline cognitive performance and diminished postoperative improvement on NPH symptom severity scales, gait measures, and cognitive instruments compared to patients lacking pathology.

  11. The design and implementation of on-line monitoring system for UHV compact shunt capacitors

    Tao, Weiliang; Ni, Xuefeng; Lin, Hao; Jiang, Shengbao


    Because of the large capacity and compact structure of the UHV compact shunt capacitor, it is difficult to take effective measures to detect and prevent the faults. If the fault capacitor fails to take timely maintenance, it will pose a threat to the safe operation of the system and the life safety of the maintenance personnel. The development of UHV compact shunt capacitor on-line monitoring system can detect and record the on-line operation information of UHV compact shunt capacitors, analyze and evaluate the early fault warning signs, find out the fault capacitor or the capacitor with fault symptom, to ensure safe and reliable operation of the system.

  12. Design and Simulation of a Shunt Active Filter in Application for Control of Harmonic Levels

    Adrian, Gligor


    Nowadays, the active filters represent a viable alternative for controlling harmonic levels in industrial consumers electrical installations. It must be noted the availability of many different types of filter configurations that can be used but there is no standard method for rating the active filters. This paper focuses on describing the shunt active filter structure and design. The theoretical concepts underlying the design of shunt active filters are presented. To validate and highlight the performance of shunt active filters a Matlab-Simulink model was developed. Simulation results are also presented.

  13. Simulation and reliability analysis of shunt active power filter based on instantaneous reactive power theory

    CUI Yu-long; LIU Hong; WANG Jing-qin; SUN Shu-guang


    This paper first discusses the operating principle ofinstantaneous reactive power theory. Then, the theory is introduced into shunt active power filter and its control scheme is studied. Finally, Matlab/Simulink power system toolbox is used to simulate the system. In the simulation model, as the most common harmonic source, 3-phase thyfistor bridge rectifier circuit is constructed.The simulation results before and after the shunt active filter was switched to the system corresponding to different firing angles of the thyristors are presented and analyzed, which demonstrate the practicability and reliability of the proposed shunt active filter scheme.

  14. Intrahepatic portosystemic venous shunts: diagnosis by Doppler ultrasound; Cortocircuitos venosos portosistemicos intrahepaticos: diagnostico mediante ecografia Doppler

    Garofano, M. P.; Medina, A.; Lopez, G.; Garrido, C. [Hospital Universitario Virgen de las Nieves. Granada (Spain)


    Intrahepatic portosystemic venous shunts are venous vascular lesions that allow intrahepatic portal vessels to communicate with hepatic veins. They may present in patients with portal hypertension or b discovered incidentally; it is considered that the latter may be congenital or acquired. A noninvasive methods. Doppler ultrasound aids in the diagnosis of these anomalous communications by providing images of the vessels and the direction, velocity and volume of the blood flow through the shunt. We present four cases of intrahepatic portosystemic venous shunt. (Author) 8 refs.

  15. Failure of peritoneal and gallbladder shunts in a child with craniopharyngioma

    Julie Woodfield


    Full Text Available A 1-year-old girl with craniopharyngioma required external drainage of 40-50 mL/h of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF after biopsy and cyst fenestration. She developed CSF ascites following insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt and a distended painful gallbladder following ventriculogallbladder shunt insertion. Revision to a ventriculoatrial shunt was required. This is the first time a craniopharyngioma has been reported to cause increased CSF production. The potential mechanisms of CSF overproduction and the difficulties managing the large volume of CSF in a young child are discussed.

  16. Hyperchaotic behaviours and controlling hyperchaos in an array of RCL-shunted Josephson junctions

    Ri Ilmyong; Feng Yu-Ling; Yao Zhi-Hai; Fan Jian


    This paper deals with dynamical behaviours in an array composed of two resistive-capacitive-inductive-shunted (RCL-shunted) Josephson junctions (RCLSJJs) and a shunted resistor.Numerical simulations show that periodic,chaotic and hyperchaotic states can coexist in this array.Moreover,a scheme for controlling hyperchaos in this array is presented by adjusting the external bias current.Numerical results confirm that this scheme can be effectively used to control hyperchaotic states in this array into stable periodic states,and different stable periodic states with different period numbers can be obtained by appropriately choosing the intensity of the external bias current.

  17. Liver resection for the treatment of a congenital intrahepatic portosystemic venous shunt

    Michail Papamichail; Amir Ali; Alberto Quaglia; John Karani; Nigel Heaton


    Intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (IPSS) are rare congenital anomalies arising from disordered portal vein em-bryogenesis. It has been described in both children and adults and may be asymptomatic or be associated with a variety of neurophysiological and pulmonary complications. When rec-ognized, early intervention to occlude the shunt will reverse the associated complications. Literature review reports of surgical and radiological occlusion of the shunt, but due to its rarity, a standard therapeutic protocol has not been established. A case of a 38-year-old woman with abdominal pain and low grade encephalopathy, diagnosed with an IPSS and treated by right hepatectomy was reported.

  18. Waste Package Neutron Absorber, Thermal Shunt, and Fill Gas Selection Report

    V. Pasupathi


    Materials for neutron absorber, thermal shunt, and fill gas for use in the waste package were selected using a qualitative approach. For each component, selection criteria were identified; candidate materials were selected; and candidates were evaluated against these criteria. The neutron absorber materials evaluated were essentially boron-containing stainless steels. Two candidates were evaluated for the thermal shunt material. The fill gas candidates were common gases such as helium, argon, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and dry air. Based on the performance of each candidate against the criteria, the following selections were made: Neutron absorber--Neutronit A978; Thermal shunt--Aluminum 6061 or 6063; and Fill gas--Helium.

  19. 脑室-腹腔分流术后迟发性颅内出血8例临床分析%Clinical analysis of 8 patients with delayed intracranial hemorrhage after ventricular-peritoneal shunt for hydrocephalus

    金浩; 张卫; 朱扬清; 邹煜; 周秋锋; 刘星; 钱伟; 左常阳


    目的:探讨脑室-腹腔分流术后出现迟发性颅内出血的类型,以及可能的防治措施。方法对72例脑室-腹腔分流术患者进行回顾性分析,分析术后发生迟发性颅内出血的规律和原因。结果本组患者中发生术后迟发性颅内血肿8例,急性硬膜下血肿2例、慢性硬膜下血肿2例及脑内血肿4例,是脑室-腹腔分流术后主要的三类迟发性颅内出血。结论选择合适的分流管、调整合适阀门压力以及熟练掌握脑室穿刺技巧可以减少及避免出现脑室-腹腔分流术后迟发性颅内出血。%Objective To explore the types of delayed intracranial hemorrhage after ventricular-peritoneal shunt for hydrocephalus , as well as effective prevention and control measures .Methods The clinical data of 72 patients suffered from delayed intracranial hemorrhage by ventricular-peritoneal shunt were analyzed retrospectively .The clinical features and factors were also analyzed .Results There were 8 cases of delayed intracranial hemorrhage after ventricular-peritoneal shunt in this group .The acute subdural hematoma , chronic subdural hematoma and intracerebral hemorrhage were the majory types of delayed intracranial emorrhage after ventricular -peritoneal shunt for hydrocephalus . Conclusion Choose the right shunt system , adjust the appropriate pressure and master the ventricle puncture techniques can reduce and avoid delayed intracranial hemorrhage .

  20. Prone positioning ventilation for treatment of acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome

    LAN Mei-juan; HE Xiao-di


    Patients who are diagnosed with acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS) usually have ventilation-perfusion mismatch, severe decrease in lung capacity, and gas exchange abnormalities. Health care work-ers have implemented various strategies in an attempt to compensate for these pathological alterations. By rotating patients with ALI/ARDS between the supine and prone position, it is possible to achieve a significant improvement in PaO2/FiO2, decrease shunting and therefore improve oxy-genation without use of expensive, invasive and experimen-tal procedures.

  1. Obstructed surgical porto-systemic shunts in the early postoperative period: interventional therapy by angioplasty (PTA) and stent placement; Obstruktion chirurgischer portosystemischer Shunts in der fruehen postoperativen Phase: interventionelle Behandlung durch Angioplastie und Stentimplantation

    Strunk, H.; Textor, J.; Koenig, R.; Wilhelm, K.; Schild, H. [Bonn Univ. (Germany). Radiologische Klinik; Wolff, M. [Bonn Univ. (Germany). Chirurgische Klinik und Poliklinik


    Recurrent variceal bleeding in patients treated with surgical porto-systemic shunting is most often due to shunt stenoses or occlusion. Radiological interventional procedures are a possible method of therapy and our experience herein is described in this report. Patients and Methods: from 1997 to 1999 54 patients with recurrent variceal bleeding were treated with a surgical porto-systemic shunt procedure. Of these early shunt occlusion occurred in 5 patients, which was treated with percutaneous transcatheter techniques. Results: in only one patient was PTA alone sufficient to reestablish shunt patency, in four patient stent placement was necessary in addition. In the follow-up period 1 patient died 26 month after intervention with (autopsy-proven) patent shunt, in one patient shunt reocclusion occurred after 11 months and in 3 patients the shunt is still patent. Conclusions: PTA, if necessary in combination with stent placement, is an attractive alternative method of therapy in case of an early surgical porto-systemic shunt occlusion. (orig.) [German] Rezidivblutungen nach chirurgischer portosystemischer Shuntanlage sind meistens durch eine Shuntstenose oder einen Shuntverschluss bedingt. Hier stellen interventionelle Eingriffe einen moeglichen therapeutischen Ansatz dar, ueber den im Folgenden berichtet werden soll. Patienten und Methode: zwischen 1997 und 1999 wurde bei insgesamt 54 Patienten wegen rezidivierender Blutungen ein operativer portosystemischer Shunt angelegt. Von diesen zeigten fuenf Patienten in der unmittelbaren postoperativen Periode einen Shuntverschluss, der radiologisch interventionell therapiert wurde. Ergebnisse: bei einem der fuenf Patienten genuegte zur Wiederherstellung des Flusses eine alleinige Ballondilatation (PTA), bei vier Patienten musste zusaetzlich eine Stentimplantation durchgefuehrt werden. In der weiteren Nachsorge ist ein Pat. nach 26 Wochen mit autoptisch offenem Shunt verstorben, bei 3 Pat. ist der Shunt offen, bei einem

  2. A Rare Complication of Acute Otitis Media: Otitic Hydrocephalus

    Ahmet Mutlu


    Full Text Available Acute otitis media is very common disorder in childhood. In this article we present a 6-years old boy who applied with diplopia, dysfunction of lateral eye movements on left eye, nausea, at 10th day of acute otitis media treatment. After the radiological images case was described as an otitic hydrocephalus clinic. Patient underwent medical treatment, lomboperitoneal shunt operation and simple mastoidectomy. We wanted to share the evaluation and the management steps of this very rare complication of acute otitis media.

  3. Shunt hybrid active power filter for harmonic mitigation: A practical design approach

    Unnikrishnan A K; Chandira Sekaran E; Subhash Joshi T G; Manju A S; Aby Joseph


    The increasing importance of Power Quality problems has been responsible for several improvements in Active Power Filter (APF) typologies in the last decade. The increased cost and switching losses make a pure shunt APF economically impractical for high power applications. In higher power levels shunt Hybrid Active Power Filter (HAPF) has been reported to be a useful approach to eliminate current harmonics caused by nonlinear loads. This paper presents a control strategy and design criteria for transformer-less shunt HAPF with special attention to the integration of series passive filter. The paper also compares the performance improvement of passive harmonic filter when modified as shunt HAPF. Experimental results obtained verify the viability and effectiveness of the proposed design criteria and control algorithm.

  4. RISA cisternography in the option of ventriculocisternal shunt for infantile non-tumoural aqueductal stenosis.

    Palma, L; Mariottini, A; D'Addetta, R; Mastronardi, L


    Twenty cases of infantile triventricular hydrocephalus from non-tumoural aqueductal stenosis were treated by ventriculocisternal shunt following RISA cisternography. In 11 cases RISA cisternography showed a normal pattern of CSF circulation. One patient was lost to follow-up. Two had their intrathecal shunt converted into an extrathecal one because of postoperative meningeal infection. Of the remaining 8 patients, 7 had good and 1 fair long term results. In 9 cases RISA cisternography presented an abnormal pattern without indicating a definite impairment of CSF absorption. Slow flow of the tracer leading to its complete disappearance from 36 to 48 hours and 48 to 72 hours was observed respectively in 7 and 2 patients. In both the latter as well in two of the other seven an extrathecal shunt had to be employed (44%). A retrospective analysis to assess the predictive value of CSF absorption test by RISA in the selection of this kind of intrathecal shunt is made.

  5. Effects of quaternary ammonium silane coatings on mixed fungal and bacterial biofilms on tracheoesophageal shunt prostheses

    Oosterhof, JJH; Buijssen, KJDA; Busscher, HJ; van der Laan, BFAM; van der Mei, HC


    Two quaternary ammonium silanes (QAS) were used to coat silicone rubber tracheoesophageal shunt prostheses, yielding a positively charged surface. One QAS coating [(trimethoxysilyl)-propyidimethylocta-decylammonium chloride] was applied through chemical bonding, while the other coating, Biocidal ZF,

  6. Surgical attenuation of spontaneous congenital portosystemic shunts in dogs resolves hepatic encephalopathy but not hypermanganesemia.

    Gow, Adam G; Frowde, Polly E; Elwood, Clive M; Burton, Carolyn A; Powell, Roger M; Tappin, Simon W; Foale, Rob D; Duncan, Andrew; Mellanby, Richard J


    Hypermanganesemia is commonly recognized in human patients with hepatic insufficiency and portosystemic shunting. Since manganese is neurotoxic, increases in brain manganese concentrations have been implicated in the development of hepatic encephalopathy although a direct causative role has yet to be demonstrated. Evaluate manganese concentrations in dogs with a naturally occurring congenital shunt before and after attenuation as well as longitudinally following the changes in hepatic encephalopathy grade. Our study demonstrated that attenuation of the shunt resolved encephalopathy, significantly reduced postprandial bile acids, yet a hypermanganasemic state persisted. This study demonstrates that resolution of hepatic encephalopathy can occur without the correction of hypermanganesemia, indicating that increased manganese concentrations alone do not play a causative role in encephalopathy. Our study further demonstrates the value of the canine congenital portosystemic shunt as a naturally occurring spontaneous model of human hepatic encephalopathy.

  7. Experimental study on absorption of blade vibration of honeycomb seal and shunt injection

    Zhang Qiang; He Lidong; Huo Genglei; Che Jianye


    Honeycomb seals and shunt injection have been proposed to weaken the blade vibration. Honeycomb seals, as well as, smooth seals were tested with different seals' clearances and shrouded blades. The shunt injection was sprayed to the blade tip clearance in the reverse direction of the main flow. Experimental results showed that both honeycomb seals and shunt injection had the damping effect for blade vibration, and the blade vibration magnitude could be reduced by more than 25% and 17%, respectively. When the two methods were adopted synchronously, more than 1/3 of the blade vibration could be reduced. Consequently, adopting honeycomb seal and superinducing proper shunt injection are two useful ways to minimize vibration of the blade from the viewpoints of avoiding blade rupture and improving the rotor stability.

  8. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy for a Patient with a Lumboperitoneal Shunt: A Rare Case.

    Rumba, Roberts; Vanags, Andrejs; Strumfa, Ilze; Pupkevics, Andrejs; Pavars, Maris


    A rare factor that can complicate the perioperative course of laparoscopic cholecystectomy is previous placement of a lumboperitoneal (LP) shunt. Thus far, only two articles describing this situation have been published. Here, we report on a 41-year-old female patient with gallstone disease and a LP shunt placement in the preceding year due to idiopathic intracranial hypertension. It is a syndrome of increased intracranial pressure without any known cause that mainly affects young obese women. The patient was operated upon using standard port placement and peritoneal insufflation. The postoperative period was uneventful and the patient was discharged shortly after the procedure. Due to the increasing incidence and prevalence of obesity, the number of general surgical patients with a LP shunt will likely increase. Based on our experience and evidence in the literature, we conclude that performing a laparoscopy for a patient with a LP shunt is safe.

  9. Assessment of FGPM shunt damping for vibration reduction of laminated composite beams

    Lezgy-Nazargah, M.; Divandar, S. M.; Vidal, P.; Polit, O.


    This work addresses theoretical and finite element investigations of functionally graded piezoelectric materials (FGPMs) for shunted passive vibration damping of laminated composite beams. The properties of piezoelectric patches are assumed to vary through the thickness direction following the exponent or power law distribution in terms of the volume fractions of the constituent materials. By employing Hamilton's principle, the governing differential equations of motion are derived. The resulting system of equations of vibration is solved by employing an efficient three-nodded beam element which is based on a refined sinus piezoelectric model. The effects of effective electromechanical coupling coefficients (EEMCCs), different electric shunt circuits and different material compositions on the shunted damping performance are investigated. The optimal values of the electric components belonging to each shunt circuit are numerically determined.

  10. Subdural haematoma complicating shunting for normal pressure hydrocephalus in the setting of concomitant antiplatelet medication

    Birkeland, Peter; Lauritsen, Jens; Poulsen, Frantz Rom


    OBJECTIVE: To report on the occurrence and management of subdural haematoma after shunt implantation for normal pressure hydrocephalus and to determine the risk of recurrence in the setting of antiplatelet medication. METHODS: From a consecutive series of 80 patients implanted with a cerebrospinal...... fluid shunt for normal pressure hydrocephalus, records from 11 patients taking antiplatelet drugs, who subsequently had surgery for subdural haematoma were extracted and retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: Patients were followed up for a mean of 1819 days after shunt implantation. Subdural haematomas...... reoperations done before the subdural collection disappeared. Only one patient had a late recurrence almost 11 years after shunt implantation. CONCLUSIONS: Subdural haematoma in the setting of a ventriculoperitoneal implantation for normal pressure hydrocephalus and concomitant antiplatelet medication can...

  11. Optimizing the Shunting Schedule of Electric Multiple Units Depot Using an Enhanced Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm

    Jin, Junchen


    The shunting schedule of electric multiple units depot (SSED) is one of the essential plans for high-speed train maintenance activities. This paper presents a 0-1 programming model to address the problem of determining an optimal SSED through automatic computing. The objective of the model is to minimize the number of shunting movements and the constraints include track occupation conflicts, shunting routes conflicts, time durations of maintenance processes, and shunting running time. An enhanced particle swarm optimization (EPSO) algorithm is proposed to solve the optimization problem. Finally, an empirical study from Shanghai South EMU Depot is carried out to illustrate the model and EPSO algorithm. The optimization results indicate that the proposed method is valid for the SSED problem and that the EPSO algorithm outperforms the traditional PSO algorithm on the aspect of optimality. PMID:27436998

  12. Racial and socioeconomic disparities in outcomes following pediatric cerebrospinal fluid shunt procedures.

    Attenello, Frank J; Ng, Alvin; Wen, Timothy; Cen, Steven Y; Sanossian, Nerses; Amar, Arun P; Zada, Gabriel; Krieger, Mark D; McComb, J Gordon; Mack, William J


    OBJECT Racial and socioeconomic disparities within the US health care system are a growing concern. Despite extensive research and efforts to narrow such disparities, minorities and economically disadvantaged patients continue to exhibit inferior health care outcomes. Disparities in the delivery of pediatric neurosurgical care are understudied. Authors of this study examine the impact of race and socioeconomic status on outcomes following pediatric CSF shunting procedures. METHODS Discharge information from the 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009 Kids' Inpatient Database for individuals (age hydrocephalus who had undergone CSF shunting procedures was abstracted for analysis. Multivariate logistic regression analyses, adjusting for patient and hospital factors and annual CSF shunt procedure volume, were performed to evaluate the effects of race and payer status on the likelihood of inpatient mortality and nonroutine hospital discharge (that is, not to home). RESULTS African American patients (p shunting procedures. Further studies on health disparities in this population are warranted.

  13. Balancing the heart and the lungs in children with large cardiac shunts

    pressure gradient between the left and right heart, there is minimal flow ... increased pulmonary pressure. ... Large cardiac shunts (Qp:Qs >1.5) are at risk ... activity of pulmonary sodium pumps that ... contraction becomes less efficient in a flattened.

  14. Primary shunt hyperbilirubinaemia in a large four-generation family confirming autosomal dominant genetic disorder

    Chun-Lian Wang; Xiao-Wei Liu; Fang-Gen Lu; Xiao-Ping Wu; Chun-Hui Ouyang; Dong-Ye Yang


    AIM: To describe the pattern of inheritance and confirm the diagnosdc criteria of primary shunt hyperbilirubinaemia (PSH).METHODS: Forty members of a family pedigree across four generations were included in this study. All family members were interviewed and investigated by physical examination, hematology and liver function test and the pattern of inheritance was analyzed.RESULTS: Nine of the forty family members suffered primary shunt hyperbilirubinaemia. The mature erythrocytes of the propositus were irregular in shape and size.The pedigree showed transmission of the trait through four generations with equal distribution in male and female. No individual with a primary shunt hyperbilirubinaemia was born to unaffected parents. The penetrance was complete in adult.CONCLUSION: The pattern of inheritance is autosomal dominant. The abnormality of erythrocytes and decrease in white blood cell could be supplemented in the diagnosis of PSH. The PSH is a genetic disorder and could by renamed as hereditary shunt hyperbilirubinaemia.

  15. Cardiac and renal effects of a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt in cirrhosis

    Busk, Troels M; Bendtsen, Flemming; Møller, Søren


    Refractory ascites and recurrent variceal bleeding are among the serious complications of portal hypertension and cirrhosis for which a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) can be used. Cirrhotic patients have varying degrees of haemodynamic derangement, mainly characterized...

  16. Association of Genetic Polymorphisms of Renin–Angiotensin–Aldosterone System-Related Genes with Arterio-Venous Fistula Malfunction in Hemodialysis Patients

    Yu-Wei Chen


    Full Text Available Hemodialysis (HD is the most commonly-used renal replacement therapy for patients with end-stage renal disease worldwide. Arterio-venous fistula (AVF is the vascular access of choice for HD patients with lowest risk of infection and thrombosis. In addition to environmental factors, genetic factors may also contribute to malfunction of AVF. Previous studies have demonstrated the effect of genotype polymorphisms of angiotensin converting enzyme on vascular access malfunction. We conducted a multicenter, cross-sectional study to evaluate the association between genetic polymorphisms of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and AVF malfunction. Totally, 577 patients were enrolled. Their mean age was 60 years old and 53% were male. HD patients with AVF malfunction had longer duration of HD (92.5 ± 68.1 vs. 61.2 ± 51.9 months, p < 0.001, lower prevalence of hypertension (44.8% vs. 55.3%, p = 0.025, right-sided (31.8% vs. 18.4%, p = 0.002 and upper arm AVF (26.6% vs. 9.7%, p < 0.001, and higher mean dynamic venous pressure (DVP (147.8 ± 28.3 vs. 139.8 ± 30.0, p = 0.021. In subgroup analysis of different genders, location of AVF and DVP remained significant clinical risk factors of AVF malfunction in univariate and multivariate binary logistic regression in female HD patients. Among male HD patients, univariate binary logistic regression analysis revealed that right-side AVF and upper arm location are two important clinical risk factors. In addition, two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs, rs275653 (Odds ratio 1.90, p = 0.038 and rs1492099 (Odds ratio 2.29, p = 0.017 of angiotensin II receptor 1 (AGTR1, were associated with increased risk of AVF malfunction. After adjustment for age and other clinical factors, minor allele-containing genotype polymorphisms (AA and CA of rs1492099 still remained to be a significant risk factor of AVF malfunction (Odds ratio 3.63, p = 0.005. In conclusion, we demonstrated that rs1492099, a SNP of AGTR1 gene, could

  17. Incarceration of umbilical hernia after radiological insertion of a Denver peritoneovenous shunt.

    Ohta, Kengo; Shimohira, Masashi; Hashizume, Takuya; Kawai, Tatsuya; Kurosaka, Kenichiro; Suzuki, Kazushi; Watanabe, Kenichi; Shibamoto, Yuta


    We report a rare complication of incarceration of an umbilical hernia after Denver peritoneovenous shunt placement. A 50-year-old man presented with refractory ascites from liver cirrhosis. He also had an umbilical hernia. Because the ascites became uncontrollable, Denver peritoneovenous shunting was performed. The operation was successful and the ascites decreased. Ten days later, however, incarceration of the umbilical hernia occurred. A surgical repair was performed, but he died 2 days later. The cause of death was considered to be sepsis.

  18. Superconducting FCL using a combined inducted magnetic field trigger and shunt coil

    Tekletsadik, Kasegn D.


    A single trigger/shunt coil is utilized for combined induced magnetic field triggering and shunt impedance. The single coil connected in parallel with the high temperature superconducting element, is designed to generate a circulating current in the parallel circuit during normal operation to aid triggering the high temperature superconducting element to quench in the event of a fault. The circulating current is generated by an induced voltage in the coil, when the system current flows through the high temperature superconducting element.


    汪余勤; 汪保灿; 顾胜利; 范建高


    We presented a case of chronic recurrent hepatic encephalopathy occurring in a liver cirrhosis patient (Child Pugh A) with a large gastrorenal shunt and a review of the literature focusing on diagnosis and management. Computed tomography (CT) demonstrated an atrophic liver, splenomegaly, varices at the gastric fundic and the splenic hilum, and a highly tortuous shunt vessel between the gastric fundic varices and the left renal vein. Ultrasonography revealed the portal vein diameter was 0.8 cm; and portal ve...

  20. Utility of susceptibility-weighted imaging and arterial spin perfusion imaging in pediatric brain arteriovenous shunting

    Nabavizadeh, Seyed Ali; Edgar, J.C.; Vossough, Arastoo [University of Pennsylvania, Department of Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States)


    The objectives of the study are to investigate the application of susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) and arterial spin labeling (ASL) imaging in the assessment of shunting and the draining veins in pediatric patients with arteriovenous shunting and compare the utility of SWI and ASL with conventional MR and digital subtraction angiography (DSA). This study is a retrospective study of 19 pediatric patients with arteriovenous shunting on brain MRI who were also evaluated with DSA. We assessed the ability of conventional MRI sequences, susceptibility magnitude images, phase-filtered SWI images, and pulsed ASL images in the detection of arteriovenous (AV) shunting, number of draining veins and drainage pathways in comparison to DSA. The mean number of detected draining veins on DSA (3.63) was significantly higher compared to SWI phase-filtered image (mean = 2.72), susceptibility magnitude image (mean = 2.92), ASL (mean = 1.76) and conventional MRI (2.47) (p < 0.05). Pairwise comparison of DSA difference scores (i.e., difference between MR modalities in the number of missed draining veins) revealed no difference between the MR modalities (p > 0.05). ASL was the only method that correctly identified superficial and deep venous drainage in all patients. Regarding detection of shunting, ASL, SWI phase-filtered, and magnitude images demonstrated shunting in 100, 83, and 84 % of patients, respectively. SWI depicts a higher number of draining vein compared to conventional MR pulse sequences. ASL is a sensitive approach in showing 100 % sensitivity in the detection of AV shunting and in the diagnosis of the pattern of venous drainage. The present findings suggest the added utility of both SWI and ASL in the assessment of AV shunting. (orig.)

  1. New controllability criteria for 3-phase 4-wire inverters applied to shunt active power filters

    Perales Esteve, Manuel Ángel; Sánchez Segura, Juan Antonio; Torre, A. (Alberto) de la; Carrasco Solís, Juan Manuel; García Franquelo, Leopoldo; Terrón, L.


    In shunt active filter applications, the 3-phase 4-wire topology is frequently used when dealing with unbalanced loads containing zero sequence components. A new design criteria for this topology is presented, based on the well-known existing method for the 3-phase 3-wire system. Simulation and experimental results confirms the validity of this new criteria, providing an easy method for the design of the reactive elements involved in a shunt active filter.

  2. DSA by means of fine-needle puncture for excluding vascular complications in haemodialysis shunts

    Alart, I.P.; Merk, J.; Eichner, H.


    The article on hand presents the experience gained with examinations of Cimino haemodialysis shunts using digital substraction angiography (DSA). Angiographic results after arterial and venous fine-needle puncture show - particularly in arterial DSA - the advantage of excellent contrasting of the afferent arterial vessel, of the arterio-venous anastomosis and of the venous return while allowing safe diagnosis. This examination procedure is low in complications for the patient, is suitable for outpatients and has numerous advantages over transvenous shunt DSA.

  3. Should we close hypoxaemic patent foramen ovale and interatrial shunts on a systematic basis?

    El Tahlawi, Mohammad; Jop, Bertrand; Bonello, Béatrice; Dragulescu, Andreea; Rouault, Francis; Habib, Gilbert; Fraisse, Alain


    Rarely, hypoxaemia is associated with shunt reversal at the atrial level. Closure by interventional catheterization is the treatment of choice but indications and results have been studied insufficiently. To describe our experience with interventional closure of atrial right-to-left shunts described as hypoxaemic and the impact on patient oxygenation and clinical status. Retrospective study in two referral centres, including all patients undergoing closure of interatrial right-to-left shunt associated with hypoxaemia. Since 2001, 21 consecutive patients underwent interventional shunt closure using the "Amplatzer((R)) device"; two patients had atrial septal defect and 19 had patent foramen ovale. Three patients had minor adverse events; two patients have a tiny residual shunt. Transcutaneous oxygen saturation and partial oxygen pressure increased significantly from 86+/-5 to 95+/-3% (p<0.001) and from 49.8+/-6.8 to 82.9+/-30.4mmHg (p=0.001), respectively. Seventeen (80%) patients reported clinical improvement. However, patients with chronic respiratory insufficiency remained more symptomatic, with three deaths after a median follow-up of 35 (6-97) months and 89% remaining in New York Heart Association class III/IV (vs 29% of patients without chronic respiratory insufficiency; p=0.035). Hypoxaemic shunts are treated effectively by transcatheter closure, resulting in functional improvement in patients without respiratory insufficiency. When associated with chronic respiratory insufficiency, hypoxaemia often persists after shunt closure. In such cases, the right-to-left atrial shunt does not seem to be the main cause of hypoxaemia and the indication for closure is questionable.

  4. Incorporation of distributed generation and shunt capacitor in radial distribution system for techno-economic benefits

    Mukul Dixit


    The various costs such as purchase active power from grid, DG installation, capacitor installation, DG Operation and Maintenance (O&M are evaluated at two different load scenarios. In addition to that, technical and economical analyses are examined for various combinations of DGs and shunt capacitors. The proposed methodology is successfully demonstrated on 33-bus and 85-bus radial networks and the obtained numerical outcomes validate the suitability, importance and effectiveness to identify locations as well as sizes of DGs and shunt capacitors.

  5. Initial brain CT scan and shunting outcomes in children with hydrocephalus

    Andi Anita Utami


    Full Text Available Background Hydrocephalus is one of the most common clinical conditions affecting the central nervous system, with a congenital hydrocephalus incidence of 3-4 per 1000 births. Incidence of acquired types of hydrocephalus is unknown. Brain computerised tomography (CT scan can be used to assess the size of ventricles and other structures. Shunting has long been performed to alleviate hydrocephalus. Shunting has dramatically changed the outlook of children with hydrocephalus, with many of them having normal life expectancies and attaining normal intelligence. Objective To determine the outcomes of shunting in children with hydrocephalus based on initial brain CT scan. Methods We performed a cross-sectional study in Dr. Kariadi Hospital. Initial brain CT scan data were collected from the medical records of children admitted to the Neurosurgery Ward for ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt surgery from January 2009 to December 2010. We studied the brain CT scan findings before VP shunt surgery and the outcomes of the children after VP shunt surgery. Radiological findings were determined by a radiologist responsible at that time. Results This study consisted of 30 subjects, 19 boys and 11 girls. Initial brain CT scans to assess disease severity revealed the following conditions: lateral ventricle dilatation in 7 subjects, lateral and third ventricle dilatation in 16 subjects, and lateral, third and fourth ventricle dilatation in 7 subjects. After VP shunt surgery, 3 subjects in the lateral, third and fourth ventricle dilatation category died. They were grouped according to their condition. Group 1 consisted of subjects with only lateral ventricle dilatation and subjects with lateral and third ventricle dilatation (23 subjects, while group 2 consisted of subjects with lateral, third and fourth ventricle dilatation (7 subjects. More survivors were found in group 1 than those in group 2. Conclusion Less severe initial brain CT scan findings are associated with

  6. Bilateral subdural effusion and subcutaneous swelling with normally functioning csf shunt.

    Mitra S


    Full Text Available We report a child with hydrocephalus due to tuberculous meningitis who developed a subcutaneous fluid collection around the ventriculoperitoneal shunt tube entry point, after one month of shunting. On investigation, he had decompressed ventricles with bilateral fronto parietal subdural hygroma. Bifrontal burr hole drainage helped resolution of both subdural effusion and subcutaneous scalp swelling. This complication is unique and its pathogenesis has been postulated.

  7. Penile Gangrene with Abscess Formation after Modified Al-Ghorab Shunt for Idiopathic Ischemic Priapism

    Beneranda S. Ford-Glanton


    Full Text Available Penile gangrene is a rare but unfortunate complication of surgical intervention and priapism shunts. The literature regarding penile gangrene following surgical correction of priapism is sparse, the majority of which dates back to thirty to forty years. Here, we present the case of a 60-year-old man who presented with priapism that required operative management with a modified Al-Ghorab shunt and eventually suffered from complete necrosis of the penis with abscess formation in both corpora cavernosa.

  8. Electromagnetic malfunction of semiconductor-type electronic personal dosimeters caused by access control systems for radiation facilities.

    Deji, Shizuhiko; Ito, Shigeki; Ariga, Eiji; Mori, Kazuyuki; Hirota, Masahiro; Saze, Takuya; Nishizawa, Kunihide


    High frequency electromagnetic fields in the 120 kHz band emitted from card readers for access control systems in radiation control areas cause abnormally high and erroneous indicated dose readings on semiconductor-type electronic personal dosimeters (SEPDs). All SEPDs malfunctioned but recovered their normal performance by resetting after the exposure ceased. The minimum distances required to prevent electromagnetic interference varied from 5.0 to 38.0 cm. The electric and magnetic immunity levels ranged from 35.1 to 267.6 V m(-1) and from 1.0 to 16.6 A m(-1), respectively. Electromagnetic immunity levels of SEPDs should be strengthened from the standpoint of radiation protection.

  9. Grafting analysis indicates that malfunction of TRICOT in the root causes a nodulation-deficient phenotype in Lotus japonicus.

    Suzaki, Takuya; Kawaguchi, Masayoshi


    Leguminous plants develop root nodules in symbiosis with soil rhizobia. Nodule formation occurs following rhizobial infection of the host root that induces dedifferentiation of some cortical cells and the initiation of a new developmental program to form nodule primordia. In a recent study, we identified a novel gene, TRICOT (TCO), that acts as a positive regulator of nodulation in Lotus japonicus. In addition to its role in nodulation, tco mutant plants display pleiotropic defects including abnormal shoot apical meristem formation. Here, we investigated the effect of the tco mutation on nodulation using a grafting approach. The results strongly indicate that the nodulation-deficient phenotype of the mutant results from malfunction of the TCO gene in the root.

  10. Multi-mode passive piezoelectric shunt damping by means of matrix inequalities

    Berardengo, M.; Manzoni, S.; Conti, A. M.


    This paper deals with the use of matrix inequalities for the aim of multi-modal piezoelectric shunt damping. The paper shows that the shunt impedance can be seen as a controller in a state space model of the electro-mechanical system; this makes it possible to use the mentioned approach to find the layout of the impedance for different kinds of control problems. The particular focus is on passive multi-mode vibration control with the aim of finding the optimal shunt impedance among the passive and realizable candidates. The proposed method overcomes most of the problems related to the development of the optimal shunt electrical network, which arise when using the most common shunt design strategies for multi-mode control. The results were validated experimentally and compared to well-established methods for multi-mode shunt damping. The proposed method proved to be effective, and the results demonstrate the capability of the matrix inequality approach to provide attenuation levels that are usually higher than those from the reference methods.

  11. Vaginal Migration of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Catheter and Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak as a Complication of Hysterectomy.

    Houten, John K; Smith, Shiela; Schwartz, Amit Y


    Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunting is a common neurosurgical procedure to treat hydrocephalus that diverts cerebrospinal fluid from the cerebral ventricles to the peritoneal cavity for reabsorption. The distal catheter may potentially migrate through any potential or iatrogenic opening in the peritoneal cavity. Increasingly successfully management of childhood hydrocephalus and adult-onset conditions leading to hydrocephalus, such as subarachnoid hemorrhage, is leading many adult female patients harboring VP shunts needing to undergo hysterectomy. Hysterectomy creates a potential defect though which a VP shunt catheter may migrate. It is not known whether the hysterectomy cuff closure technique may affect the likelihood of distal catheter migration though the repair site. We report the case of a 38-year-old woman with a VP shunt who underwent laparoscopic hysterectomy via an open vaginal cuff technique who subsequently presented with vaginal cerebrospinal fluid leakage secondary to migration of the distal shunt catheter through the hysterectomy cuff. Vaginal migration of the distal VP shunt catheter is a possible complication of hysterectomy. The authors postulate that an open cuff hysterectomy closure technique may increase the risk of catheter migration, an issue that may be better understood with further investigation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Bucket and straw technique to facilitate passage of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt through the distal tunneling sheath.

    Downes, Angela E; Vandergrift, William A; Beckman, Joshua M; Truong, Devon; Tuite, Gerald F


    Placement of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS) is a procedure comprising many small steps. Difficulties and delays can arise when passing the distal shunt tubing down the distal tunneling sheath during surgery. The authors of this report describe a simple technique for quickly passing the distal catheter of a VPS through the tunneler sheath, whereby the sheath is used as a fluid tube to allow the distal catheter to be drawn through the fluid tube under suction pressure. The plastic sheath that surrounds the shunt tunneler device is used as a fluid tube, or "straw," with the proximal aperture submerged into a bucket of sterile irrigation liquid containing the distal catheter. Suction pressure is placed against the distal aperture of the tunneler, and the shunt catheter is quickly drawn through the sheath. No special equipment is required. In time trials, the bucket and straw technique took an average of 0.43 seconds, whereas traditional passage methods took 32.3 seconds. The "bucket and straw" method for passing distal shunt tubing through the tunneler sheath is a technique that increases surgical efficiency and reduces manual contact with shunt hardware.

  13. Shunt for bypass graft of the cavernous carotid artery: an anatomical and technical study.

    al-Mefty, O; Khalil, N; Elwany, M N; Smith, R R


    During direct surgery of neoplastic and vascular lesions of the cavernous sinus, the intracavernous carotid artery may be injured beyond repair, or its total isolation may be necessary for surgical management of these lesions. The newly developed procedure of a saphenous vein graft bypass of the cavernous carotid artery allows re-establishment of carotid circulation. Patients with poor collateral circulation are at high risk for ischemic complications induced by the prolonged temporary occlusion required to perform the bypass graft. Optimal management of these patients is to perform the venous bypass graft for permanent vascularization while maintaining carotid cerebral circulation through an intraoperative shunt. We studied this procedure in cadavers, and three shunt types were evaluated: the external intrapetrous-supraclinoid shunt (Type A), the internal intrapetrous-supraclinoid shunt (Type B), and the neck internal carotid-supraclinoid shunt (Type C). Anatomical landmarks, techniques, distances, caliber, and materials used are presented. The rationale and candidates for such a procedure are discussed. The specifications of an optimal balloon shunt are presented, and the three procedures are compared.

  14. Gender-dependent reduction of spontaneous motor activity and growth in rats subjected to portacaval shunt.

    Conjeevaram, H S; Mullen, K D; May, E J; McCullough, A J


    Alterations in behavior are frequently described in rats subjected to portacaval shunt. Previous work has reported reduced spontaneous motor activity in various settings (nighttime, red light, decreased illumination) in this animal model. We investigated this phenomenon in rats of both genders subjected to portacaval shunt to determine whether our previously observed divergent growth patterns (males reduced, females unchanged) had any impact on the alterations in spontaneous motor activity in this model. Dietary intake, growth, motor activity and serum ammonia and amino acid concentrations were measured, in addition to final liver and spleen weights, in each animal after 3 to 4 wk of observation. Our results reconfirm the differential impact of portacaval shunt on growth in male (35% reduction p < 0.01) but not female rats (5% reduction, NS) compared with their respective-gender sham-operated controls. In addition, spontaneous motor activity was significantly reduced in male (congruent to 50%, p = 0.01) but not female rats subjected to portacaval shunt. The reduction of activity in male rats subjected to portacaval shunt did not correlate with any of the measured biochemical data or calculated nutritional/growth parameters. Thus we observed gender-dependent reduction in spontaneous motor activity after portacaval shunt in the rat. The mechanism for this phenomenon is unknown, but it is easily investigated with this reproducible model.

  15. Effect of rapamycin on hepatic osteodystrophy in rats with portasystemic shunting

    Schalk W van der Merwe; Del Kahn; Enid G Shephard; Maritha J Kotze; Nico P de Villiers; Stephen Hough; Maria M Conradie; Robert Bond; Brenda J Olivier; Elongo Fritz; Martin Nieuwoudt; Rhena Delport; Tomas Slavik; Gert Engelbrecht


    AIM: To study if T-cell activation related to portasystemic shunting causes osteodast-mediated bone loss through RANKL-dependent pathways. We also investigated if T-cell inhibition using rapamycin would protect against bone loss in rats.METHODS: Portasystemic shunting was performed in male Sprague-Dawley rats and rapamycin 0.1 mg/kg was administered for 15 wk by gavage. Rats received powderized chow and supplemental feeds to prevent the effects of malnutrition on bone composition. Weight gain and growth was restored after surgery in shunted animals. At termination, biochemical parameters of bone turnover and quantitative bone histology were assessed. Markers of T-cell activation, inflammatory cytokine production, and RANKL-dependent pathways were measured. In addition, the roles of IGF-1 and hypogonadism were investigated.RESULTS: Portasystemic shunting caused low turnover osteoporosis that was RANKL independent. Bone resorbing cytokine levels, including IL-1, IL-6 and TNFα,were not increased in serum and TNFα and RANKL expression were not upregulated in PBMC. Portasystemic shunting increased the circulating CD8+ T-cell population. Rapamycin decreased the circulating CD8+T-cell population, increased CD8+ CD25+ T-regulatory cell population and improved all parameters of bone turnover.CONCLUSION: Osteoporosis caused by portasystemic shunting may be partially ameliorated by rapamycin in the rat model of hepatic osteodystrophy.

  16. Mechanism for measurement of flow rate of cerebrospinal fluid in hydrocephalus shunts.

    Rajasekaran, Sathish; Kovar, Spencer; Qu, Peng; Inwald, David; Williams, Evan; Qu, Hongwei; Zakalik, Karol


    The measurement of the flow rate of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or existence of CSF flow inside the shunt tube after shunt implant have been reported as tedious process for both patients and doctors; this paper outlines a potential in vitro flow rate measurement method for CSF in the hydrocephalus shunt. The use of implantable titanium elements in the shunt has been proposed to allow for an accurate temperature measurement along the shunt for prediction of CSF flow rate. The CSF flow velocity can be deduced by decoupling the thermal transfer in the measured differential time at a pair of measurement spots of the titanium elements. Finite element analyses on the fluidic and thermal behaviors of the shunt system have been conducted. Preliminary bench-top measurements on a simulated system have been carried out. The measured flow rates, ranging from 0.5 mm/sec to 1.0 mm/sec, which is clinically practical, demonstrate good agreements with the simulation results.

  17. Syringomyelia as a presenting feature of shunt dysfunction: Implications for the pathogenesis of syringomyelia

    Natarajan Muthukumar


    Full Text Available The pathogenesis of syringomyelia continues to be an enigma. The patency of the central canal and its role in the pathogenesis of communicating syringomyelia continues to elicit controversy. The case reported here provides an opportunity to retest some of the hypotheses of syringomyelia. A 33 year old female presented with sensory disturbances over the left upper extremity and trunk and was diagnosed to have panventriculomegaly with communicating syringomyelia. She was initially treated with ventriculoperitoneal shunting. As there was no change in her neurological status following shunt, this was followed by foramen magnum decompression with excision of an arachnoid veil covering the fourth ventricular outlet. She had clinical and radiological improvement after foramen magnum decompression. Five months later she had reappearance of the symptoms of syringomyelia and was found to have shunt dysfunction and holocord syrinx. She improved following shunt revision. This case is being reported to highlight the following points: 1. In patients with communicating syringomyelia and hydrocephalus, shunt dysfunction can present with symptoms of syringomyelia without the classical clinical features of shunt dysfunction, 2. In patients with communicating syringomyelia, the central canal of the spinal cord acts as an "exhaust valve" for the ventricular system, and, 3. studies about the patency of the central canal are reviewed in the context of this case and the role of the central canal in the pathogenesis of communicating syringomyelia is reviewed.

  18. Morphology of congenital portosystemic shunts involving the left colic vein in dogs and cats.

    White, R N; Parry, A T


    To describe the anatomy of congenital portosystemic shunts involving the left colic vein in dogs and cats. Retrospective review of a consecutive series of dogs and cats managed for congenital portosystemic shunts. For inclusion a shunt involving the left colic vein with recorded intraoperative mesenteric portovenography or computed tomography angiography along with direct gross surgical observations at the time of surgery was required. Six dogs and three cats met the inclusion criteria. All cases had a shunt which involved a distended left colic vein. The final communication with a systemic vein was variable; in seven cases (five dogs, two cats) it was via the caudal vena cava, in one cat it was via the common iliac vein and in the remaining dog it was via the internal iliac vein. In addition, two cats showed caudal vena cava duplication. The morphology of this shunt type appeared to be a result of an abnormal communication between either the left colic vein or the cranial rectal vein and a pelvic systemic vein (caudal vena cava, common iliac vein or internal iliac vein). This information may help with surgical planning in cases undergoing shunt closure surgery. © 2016 British Small Animal Veterinary Association.

  19. Effects of isradipine and other calcium antagonists on arteriovenous-shunt flow in anesthetized rabbits and cats

    Hof, R.P.


    The effects of vasodilators on arteriovenous (AV)-shunt flow was investigated in anesthetized cats and rabbits, using the tracer microsphere method. In cats, the calcium antagonist isradipine reduced AV-shunt flow; verapamil showed a similar tendency and nicardipine was without effect. Dihydralazine strongly increased, but nitroglycerin and dipyridamole decreased AV-shunt flow. In rabbits, the effects of isradipine and verapamil were similar to those seen in cats. Sodium nitroprusside had no effect, whereas prazosin, minoxidil, and the potassium-channel activator cromakalim increased AV-shunt flow. The contrasting effects of drugs sharing the same mechanism of action suggest that target-tissue selectivity is more important than the mechanism of action. An increase of AV-shunt flow is unlikely to be beneficial but could be associated with a number of undesirable side effects. It might negatively affect migraine sufferers and, if AV-shunt dilatation shows no tolerance development, it represents an unnecessary hemodynamic burden for the heart.

  20. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt in children; Der transjugulaere intrahepatische portosystemische Shunt bei Kindern. Erste klinische Erfahrungen und Literaturuebersicht

    Huppert, P.E.; Brambs, H.J.; Schott, U.; Pereira, P.; Duda, S.H.; Claussen, C.D. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik; Astfalk, W.; Schweizer, P. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Abt. Kinderchirurgie; Dopfer, R.E. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Abt. Kinderheilkunde I


    Purpose: To present special methodical and clinical findings of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPSS) in children and to discuss potential indications. Patients and Methods: Between 1993 and 1996, 6 children aged 2-13 years were treated by TIPSS-insertion. In four cases, the underlying disease was extrahepatic biliary atresia (EHBA) and in two cases liver fibrosis secondary to treatment of neoplasms during early childhood. Indications for TIPSS insertion were variceal bleeding resistant to other treatment modalities in three patients, hypersplenism in one patient and both bleeding and hypersplenism in two. Portal vein punctures were performed using 16-gauge needles, because 19-gauge fine-needles showed insufficient stiffness. The mean follow-up was 24.5 months. Results: Shunt insertion succeeded in all children with a mean procedure time of 5.2 hours. Periportal fibrosis associated with EHBA, atypical course of hepatic veins and small diameters and distances of vessels were conditions making the procedure difficult. Bleeding ceased in all patients, peripheral platelet counts rose by a mean value of 58%. Procedure-related complications were minor extrahepatic bleeding in one child and temporary haemolysis in another child. Restenoses resulted in three patients and were treated successfully by means of transjugular interventions. 5 children remain free of symptoms to this day, one child underwent successful orthotopic liver transplantation 8 months after TIPSS. Conclusions: TIPSS insertion is technically more difficult in children and has to consider child growth and possible subsequent liver transplantation. Potential indications are recurrent variceal bleeding, also of intestinal origin, resistant to standard tretment and clinically significant hypersplenism. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ziel: Darstellung methodischer und klinischer Besonderheiten sowie potentieller Indikationen des transjugulaeren intrahepatischen portosystemischen Shunts (TIPSS) bei Kindern

  1. Comparison of Temporary Open Arterial Revascularization Using Stent Grafts vs. Standard Vascular Shunts in a Porcine (Sus scrofa) Model


    standard temporary vascular shunts. We sought to characterize patency and flow characteristics of these grafts compared to standard shunts in a...survival model of porcine vascular injury. Methods: 12 Yorkshire-cross swine received a 2cm long near-circumferential defect in the iliac arteries. A14...shunts was greater than that of the stent grafts. Conclusion: Open sutureless direct site repair using stent grafts to treat vascular injury is a

  2. Battery Equalization Control Based on the Shunt Transistor Method

    Gallardo-Lozano Javier


    Full Text Available Electric Vehicle (EV researches are currently becoming of special importance and the EV battery system is particularly relevant in the EV design. In these applications, series connected batteries are necessary since a single battery cannot achieve the voltage requirements. Internal and external sources lead the batteries string to become unbalanced, which is an important factor to be taken into account, as premature cells degradation, safety hazards, and reduced capacity will occur for unbalanced systems. The different balancing methods are presented and compared in this paper, and finally the switch capacitor and the double-tiered switching capacitor are considered the best option. However, their speed depends on the voltage difference between the batteries in the string, and when their voltage difference is low, the equalization speed decreases significantly, leading the battery pack to be unbalanced for longer. A novel equalization method is presented, that improves the aforementioned methods performance by applying a new control to a shunt transistor method. Low cost, size, and complexity, together with higher speed and efficiency are obtained. A prototype has been built, and experimental results are presented.

  3. Oculo-peritoneal shunt: draining aqueous humor to the peritoneum

    Ana Maldonado-Junyent


    Full Text Available In 2010, there were estimated to be approximately 60.5 million people with glaucoma. This number is expected to increase to 79.6 million by 2020. In 2010, there were 8.4 million people with bilateral blindness caused by glaucoma, and this number is expected in increase to 11.2 million by 2020. Filtering implants are special devices that have been developed to reduce intraocular pressure in patients with refractory glaucoma. The success rate of these implants is relatively low, and they continue to fail over time. To avoid failure caused by the formation of scar tissue around the implants, attempts have been made to drain the aqueous humor to various sites, including the venous system, lacrimal sac, sinuses, and conjunctival fornix. Recently, a system to shunt aqueous humor from the anterior chamber to the peritoneum has been developed. The surgical technique involved in this system is a modification of the technique currently used by neurosurgeons for the treatment of hydrocephalus. We present the first case operated using this technique.

  4. Operative timing and patient survival following distal splenorenal shunt.

    Pomerantz, R A; Eckhauser, F E; Knol, J A; Guirre, K; Raper, S E; Turcotte, J G


    The importance of "operative timing" in cirrhotic patients with variceal hemorrhage is often underemphasized. To evaluate the effects of immediate versus delayed selective portasystemic decompression on hepatic function, operative mortality, and long-term patient survival, we reviewed the records of 77 patients who underwent distal splenorenal shunts (DSRS) over a 14-year period. A hepatic risk status score was calculated at the time of the index bleed (HRS1) or presentation and again just prior to operation (HRS2). Variables analyzed included age, sex, prior bleeding episodes, time from index bleed to operation, transfusion requirements, and etiology of cirrhosis. Operative mortality rates for immediate versus delayed DSRS were 46.2 per cent and 17 per cent, respectively. HRS improved significantly in elective DSRS patients from 1.46 to 1.30. Predictors of HRS2 included HRS1 and time in days from the index bleed to operation. The most important predictor of early survival for all patients after elective DSRS was the HRS2; however, for patients who underwent elective DSRS and survived, HRS1 was a better predictor of length of survival than HRS2. No other variable analyzed accurately predicted survival. We conclude that HRS can be expected to improve with supportive inhospital therapy; improved HRS at the time of operation is associated with decreased operative mortality; and the extent of liver disease as determined by HRS1 appears to be the chief determinant of long-term patient survival.

  5. Radiation doses to children with shunt-treated hydrocephalus

    Holmedal, Lise J. [Helse Fonna, Department of Radiology, Stord Hospital, Stord (Norway); Friberg, Eva G.; Boerretzen, Ingelin; Olerud, Hilde [The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, Oesteraas (Norway); Laegreid, Liv [Haukeland University Hospital, Department of Paediatrics, Bergen (Norway); Rosendahl, Karen [University of Bergen, Department of Surgical Sciences, Radiology Section, Bergen (Norway); Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, London (United Kingdom)


    Children with shunt-treated hydrocephalus are still followed routinely with frequent head CT scans. To estimate the effective dose, brain and lens doses from these examinations during childhood, and to assess dose variation per examination. All children born between 1983 and 1995 and treated for hydrocephalus between 1983 and 2002 were included. We retrospectively registered the number of examinations and the applied scan parameters. The effective dose was calculated using mean conversion factors from the CT dose index measured free in air, while doses to the lens and brain were estimated using tabulated CT dose index values measured in a head phantom. A total of 687 CT examinations were performed in 67 children. The mean effective dose, lens dose and brain dose to children over 6 months of age were 1.2 mSv, 52 mGy and 33 mGy, respectively, and the corresponding doses to younger children were 3.2 mSv, 60 mGy and 48 mGy. The effective dose per CT examination varied by a factor of 64. None of the children was exposed to doses known to cause deterministic effects. However, since the threshold for radiation-induced damage is not known with certainty, alternative modalities such as US and MRI should be used whenever possible. (orig.)

  6. Vision Loss and Recovery after Baerveldt Aqueous Tube Shunt Implantation

    Kim, Esther Lee; Tran, Jeffrey; Töteberg-Harms, Marc; Chahal, Jasdeep; Rhee, Douglas


    This study aims to determine the course of vision loss after Baerveldt aqueous tube shunt placement and identify risk factors associated with unexplained severe long-term vision loss, or snuff-out. We retrospectively reviewed 247 eyes of 222 patients who underwent Baerveldt implantations at one of two academic institutions. Postoperative vision loss at 6 months following surgery was categorized as mild-to-moderate versus severe and long-term versus transient. Long-term vision loss, defined as 3 or more lines of Snellen visual acuity (VA) loss compared with preoperative VA, occurred in 63 of 247 eyes (25.5%), and 39 had mild-to-moderate and 24 had severe loss. Of these 63 eyes, 18 had no identifiable cause of vision loss. On multivariate analysis, poorer Snellen VA on postoperative day 1 (POD1) was found to be a significant risk factor for long-term vision loss (p = 0.005). In addition, the negative change in preoperative versus POD1 Snellen VA (p = 0.021) and the presence of split fixation involving the inferonasal quadrant on preoperative Humphrey visual field (p = 0.044) were significant risk factors for snuff-out. Transient vision loss occurred in 76 of 242 eyes (30.8%). In conclusion, vision loss is not uncommon after Baerveldt surgery, with snuff-out occurring in 2.4% of cases in this study.

  7. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt in liver transplant recipients

    Armin Finkenstedt; Ivo W Graziadei; Karin Nachbaur; Werner Jaschke; Walter Mark; Raimund Margreiter; Wolfgang Vogel


    AIM: To evaluate the efficacy of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPSs) after liver transplantation (LT).METHODS: Between November 1996 and December 2005, 10 patients with severe recurrent hepatitis C virus infection ( n = 4), ductopenic rejection ( n = 5) or portal vein thrombosis ( n = 1) were included in this analysis. Eleven TIPSs (one patient underwent two TIPS procedures) were placed for management of therapy-refractory ascites ( n = 7), hydrothorax ( n = 2)or bleeding from colonic varices ( n = 1). The median time interval between LT and TIPS placement was 15(4-158) mo.RESULTS: TIPS placement was successful in all patients. The mean portosystemic pressure gradient was reduced from 12.5 to 8.7 mmHg. Complete and partial remission could be achieved in 43% and 29%of patients with ascites. Both patients with hydrothorax did not respond to TIPS. No recurrent bleeding was seen in the patient with colonic varices. Nine of 10patients died during the study period. Only one of two patients, who underwent retransplantation after the TIPS procedure, survived. The median survival period after TIPS placement was 3.3 (range 0.4-20) mo. The majority of patients died from sepsis with multiorgan failure.

  8. Oculo-peritoneal shunt: draining aqueous humor to the peritoneum.

    Maldonado-Junyent, Ana; Maldonado-Bas, Arturo; Gonzalez, Andrea; Pueyrredón, Francisco; Maldonado-Junyent, María; Maldonado-Junyent, Arturo; Rodriguez, Diego; Bulacio, Mariano


    In 2010, there were estimated to be approximately 60.5 million people with glaucoma. This number is expected to increase to 79.6 million by 2020. In 2010, there were 8.4 million people with bilateral blindness caused by glaucoma, and this number is expected in increase to 11.2 million by 2020. Filtering implants are special devices that have been developed to reduce intraocular pressure in patients with refractory glaucoma. The success rate of these implants is relatively low, and they continue to fail over time. To avoid failure caused by the formation of scar tissue around the implants, attempts have been made to drain the aqueous humor to various sites, including the venous system, lacrimal sac, sinuses, and conjunctival fornix. Recently, a system to shunt aqueous humor from the anterior chamber to the peritoneum has been developed. The surgical technique involved in this system is a modification of the technique currently used by neurosurgeons for the treatment of hydrocephalus. We present the first case operated using this technique.

  9. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt for hydrocephalus caused by central nervous system metastasis.

    Lee, Seung Hoon; Kong, Doo Sik; Seol, Ho Joon; Nam, Do-Hyun; Lee, Jung-Il


    The development of better diagnostic tools and therapeutic modalities has increased the incidence of central nervous system (CNS) metastasis in malignant tumor patients. Hydrocephalus can result from CNS metastasis and frustrate cancer treatment. The authors sought to investigate the outcomes and the roles of ventriculoperitoneal shunts (VPS) in patients with CNS metastasis. The medical records of 50 consecutive patients who underwent VPS for hydrocephalus related to CNS metastasis were analyzed retrospectively. Data included features of primary malignancies, CNS involvement, clinical course and surgical outcome. Median patient age was 55.0 years (range 25-77), and 30 female and 20 male patients were included in the study. At the time of VPS, 10 patients had parenchymal metastases only and 40 patients had leptomeningeal seeding (LMS). Symptom improvement was observed postoperatively in 40 patients (80%), mean Karnofsky performance status (KPS) scale change was from 37.8 to 46.0, and median survival from VPS was 3.0 months (2 days to 54 months). A ventricular opening pressure of >30 cmH(2)O (HR 6.44, 95% CI 1.26-32.9, P = 0.02) and further cancer treatment after VPS (HR 0.17, 95% CI 0.07-0.42, P Hydrocephalus in CNS metastasis requiring VPS is commonly associated with LMS. VPS is an effective palliative measure and an adequate cancer treatment after VPS may provide the best means of improving survival.

  10. Geometric Studies of Shunt and Lead Orientation in EEC Devices

    Werner, F. M.; Solin, S. A.


    Electric field sensors are ubiquitous in modern technology, from field effect transistors (FETs) in circuit boards to point-of-care testing (POCT) devices used in detecting the presence of specific protein markers in blood. The transport properties of these devices are limited by two general categories: intrinsic material properties and extrinsic geometric effects. Devices with a maximum electric field resolution of 3.05V/cm were previously reported. The metal semiconductor hybrid (MSH) devices are constructed by forming a Schottky interface between a mesa of nGaAs and Ti, while four ohmic leads surround the perimeter of the mesa and are used for four point resistance measurements. These devices exhibit extraordinary electroconductance (EEC) and make it possible to correlate measured four point resistance to changes in the local electric field. While maximizing the EEC response by optimizing the intrinsic material properties has been theoretically investigated, we present a phenomenological study of the impact of lead orientation and shunt geometry in the sensing capabilities of these devices. S.A.S. is a co-founder of and has a financial interest in PixelEXX, a start-up company whose mission is to market imaging arrays.

  11. Ventriculo-bipleural shunt as last resort in a 4-year-old child in whom a VP and VA shunt failed.

    Ratliff, Miriam; Unterberg, Andreas; Bächli, Heidi


    The authors present the unusual case of a 4-year-old boy who had a complex history of posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus and who underwent more than 40 surgeries related to this condition. In the course of trying to treat his condition, ventriculoperitoneal, ventriculoatrial, and ventriculopleural shunts were inserted and failed. The child presented with a dysfunction of his shunt system. A ventriculopleural shunt was inserted, but within days the patient developed dyspnea as a clinical symptom of pleural effusion that required repeated thoracentesis. A bipleural drainage system was inserted, and no relevant pleural effusions developed during the follow-up period. Although the authors' experience is based on a single case, they do suggest bipleural drainage in patients with clinically relevant pleural effusions when the more common alternatives are not a good choice. Bipleural drainage might particularly be an option in children, who are prone to pleural effusion because of the smaller absorbing pleural surface. The authors reviewed the English-language literature on PubMed dating back to 1952. To their knowledge, this is the only published case in which a patient was treated with a ventriculo-bipleural shunt.

  12. Spontaneous resolution of splenic infarcts after distal splenorenal shunt in children with extra hepatic portal venous obstruction: Our experience

    Arbinder Kumar


    Full Text Available Background: In cases of portal hypertension with splenic infarcts, splenectomy with proximal splenorenal shunt has been recommended. We are sharing our experience with distal splenorenal shunt in these cases contrary to the popular belief. Materials and Methods: Splenic infarcts were graded as mild, moderate and severe according to the pre-operative CT portogram. Mild, moderate and severe infarcts were defined as an infarct involving 50% area of the spleen, respectively. Mild and moderate infarcts were managed by spleen-preserving distal splenorenal shunt while those with extensive infarcts were subjected to splenectomy and proximal splenorenal shunt. Those with spleen-preserving shunts were closely followed in the post-operative period according to a uniform protocol. Clinical examination was regularly done to assess the size of the spleen and note the presence of pain, tenderness in the left intercostal space. An ultrasound Doppler was done after 7 days to assess shunt patency while CT portogram was repeated at 6 monthly intervals. Results: Fourteen cases with splenic infarcts formed the study group. Eight cases had mild infarcts, 3 had moderate infarcts and 3 had severe infarcts. Four underwent proximal splenorenal shunt, and 10 underwent warren′s shunt (8 with mild and 2 with moderate infarcts. In 9/10 (90%, spleen could eventually be retained. Spleen completely regressed in them and so did the infarct. Conclusions:Spleen-preserving distal splenorenal shunt can be considered as a viable option in the management of cases with mild and carefully selected moderate splenic infarcts.

  13. Cerebral Blood Flow Changes after Shunt in Hydrocephalus after Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Analysis by statistical Parametric Mapping

    Hyun, I. Y.; Choi, W. S.; Pak, H. S. [College of Medicine, Univ. of Inhwa, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the changes of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) after shunt operation in patients with hydrocephalus after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage ba statistical parametric mapping (SPM). Seven patients (4 male, mean age 54 years) with hydrocephalus after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage underwent a shunt operation. Tc-99m HMPAO SPECT was performed within I week before, and 2 weeks after the shunt operation. All of the SPECT images were spatially transformed to standard space, smoothed, and globally normalized. After spatial and count normalization, rCBF of pre- and post- shunting Tc- 99m HMPAO SPECT was estimated at every voxel using t statistics. The voxels with a P value of less than 0.001 were considered to be significantly different. The shunt operation was effective in all patients. Pre-shunting Tc-99m HMPAO SPECT showed hypoperfusion, predominantly in the periventricular area. After shunt operation, periventricular low perfusion was disappeared. The results of this study show that periventricular CBF is impaired in hydrocephalus after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Significant increase of periventricular CBF after shunt operation suggests the evaluation of periventricular CBF by SPM might be of value for the prediction of shunt effectiveness in hydrocephalus.

  14. Conversion of Low-Flow Priapism to High-Flow State Using T-Shunt with Tunneling

    Tadros, Nicholas N.; Hedges, Jason C.


    Introduction. The three types of priapism are stuttering, arterial (high-flow, nonischemic), and venoocclusive (low-flow, ischemic). These are usually distinct entities and rarely occur in the same patient. T-shunts and other distal shunts are frequently combined with tunneling, but a seldom recognized potential complication is conversion to a high-flow state. Case Presentation. We describe 2 cases of men who presented with low-flow priapism episodes that were treated using T-shunts with tunneling that resulted with both men having recurrent erections shortly after surgery that were found to be consistent with high-flow states. Case 1 was a 33-year-old male with sickle cell anemia and case 2 was a 24-year-old male with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. In both cases the men were observed over several weeks and both men returned to normal erectile function. Conclusions. Historically, proximal shunts were performed only in cases when distal shunts failed and carry a higher risk of serious complications. T-shunts and other distal shunts combined with tunneling are being used more frequently in place of proximal shunts. These cases illustrate how postoperative erections after T-shunts with tunneling can signify a conversion from low-flow to high-flow states and could potentially be misdiagnosed as an operative failure. PMID:28331646

  15. The clinical application and nursing experience of adjustable shunt valve in treatment for patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus

    YANG Li-rong


    Full Text Available Objective To introduce the application of adjustable shunt valve in treatment for patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus. Methods Twenty-four patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus implanted adjustable shunt valve underwent ventriculo-peritoneal shunt surgery and nursing care. Results After operation, cerebrospinal pressure was regulated for 0-6 (1.88 ± 1.52 times. Clinical symptoms were improved, especially in gait disturbance. Conclusion Treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus with adjustable shunt valve can alleviate symptoms of hydrocephalus. It is especially suitable for patients with short course and secondary normal hydrocephalus patients.

  16. Angiography-based C-arm CT for the assessment of extrahepatic shunting before radioembolization

    Heusner, Till Alexander; Hahn, S.; Forsting, M.; Antoch, G. [Inst. fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie und Neuroradiologie, Universitaetsklinik Essen (Germany); Hamami, M.E.; Poeppel, T.; Bockisch, A. [Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Universitaetsklinik Essen (Germany); Ertle, J.; Hilgard, P. [Klinik fuer Gastroenterologie, Universitaetsklinik Essen (Germany)


    Purpose: to retrospectively assess the accuracy of angiography-based C-arm CT for the detection of extrahepatic shunting before SIRT. Materials and methods: 30 patients (mean age: 64 {+-} 12 years) with hypervascularized hepatic tumors underwent hepatic angiography, coil embolization of gastrointestinal collaterals and 99mTc-macroaggregated albumin (MAA) SPECT/CT before SIRT. Before MAA injection via a microcatheter from the intended treatment position, an angiography and angiography-based C-arm CT (XperCT trademark, Philips Healthcare) were acquired. Angiographies and XperCT trademark were performed from 48 microcatheter positions followed by MAA injections and MAA-SPECT/CT. MAA-SPECT/CT served as the reference standard for determining the accuracy of hepatic arteriography and C-arm CT for the detection of extrahepatic shunting. Results: MAA-SPECT/CT revealed extrahepatic shunting in 5 patients (17%). Hepatic arteriography yielded a true negative in 22 (73%), a false negative in 5 (17%), and an unclear result in 3 patients (10%). C-arm CT yielded a true positive in 3 (10%), true negative in 24 (80%), false positive in 1 (3%), and false negative in 2 patients (7%). The specificity and the NPV of hepatic arteriography for the detection of extrahepatic shunting were 88% and 81%, respectively. For C-arm CT the sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV, and accuracy for the detection of extrahepatic shunting were 60%, 96%, 75%, 92%, and 90%, respectively. Conclusion: C-arm CT offers additional information to angiography when assessing SIRT patients for extrahepatic shunting. More accurate detection of extrahepatic shunting may optimize the workflow in SIRT preparations by avoiding unnecessary repeat angiographies. (orig.)

  17. Implementation of an artificial neuronal network to predict shunt necessity in carotid surgery.

    Aleksic, Marko; Luebke, Thomas; Heckenkamp, Joerg; Gawenda, Michael; Reichert, Viktor; Brunkwall, Jan


    In carotid surgery, it could be useful to know which patient will tolerate carotid cross-clamping in order to minimize the risks of perioperative strokes. In this clinical study, an artificial neuronal network (ANN) was applied and compared with conventional statistical methods to assess the value of various parameters to predict shunt necessity. Eight hundred and fifty patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy for a high-grade internal carotid artery stenosis under local anesthesia were analyzed regarding shunt necessity using a standard feed-forward, backpropagation ANN (NeuroSolutions); NeuroDimensions, Gainesville, FL) with three layers (one input layer, one hidden layer, one output layer). Among the input neurons, preoperative clinical (n = 9) and intraoperative hemodynamic (n = 3) parameters were examined separately. The accuracy of prediction was compared to the results of a regression analysis using the same variables. In 173 patients (20%) a shunt was used because hemispheric deficits or unconsciousness occurred during cross-clamping. With the ANN, not needing a shunt was predicted by preoperative and intraoperative parameters with an accuracy of 96% and 91%, respectively, where the regression analysis showed an accuracy of 98% and 96%, respectively. Those patients who needed a shunt were identified by preoperative parameters in 9% and by intraoperative parameters in 56% when the ANN was used. Regression analysis predicted shunt use correctly in 10% using preoperative parameters and 41% using intraoperative parameters. Intraoperative hemodynamic parameters are more suitable than preoperative parameters to indicate shunt necessity where the application of an ANN provides slightly better results compared to regression analysis. However, the overall accuracy is too low to renounce perioperative neuromonitoring methods like local anesthesia.

  18. The reversibility of reduced cortical vein compliance in normal-pressure hydrocephalus following shunt insertion

    Bateman, G.A. [Department of Medical Imaging, John Hunter Hospital, Locked Bag 1, Newcastle Region Mail Centre, Newcastle (Australia)


    Superficial cortical venous compression secondary to alterations in craniospinal compliance is implicated in the pathogenesis of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). A reduction in the pulsation in the outflow of the cortical veins would be expected to occur following compression of these veins and this has been shown in NPH. If cortical vein compression is a causative factor in NPH, it would be expected that cortical vein compliance as measured by pulsatility would be significantly altered by a curative procedure i.e. shunt tube insertion. My purpose is to compare the blood flow pulsatility characteristics in a group of patients with NPH before and after shunt tube insertion. I initially studied 18 subjects without pathology with MRI flow quantification studies of the cerebral arteries and veins to define the range of normality. The main study involved 18 patients with idiopathic dementia and mild leukoaraiosis who served as controls and seven patients with NPH studied before and after shunt insertion. Arterial, superior sagittal and straight sinus pulsatility was not significantly different between the patients with idiopathic dementia and those NPH patients before or after shunting. Cortical vein pulsatility before shunting in the patients with NPH was 43% lower than in those with idiopathic dementia (P =0.006). Following shunting, cortical vein pulsatility increased by 186% (P =0.007). There is thus reduced compliance in cortical veins in NPH which is significantly increased in patients who respond to insertion of a shunt tube. These findings suggest that reversible elevation in cortical vein pressure and reversal of the normal absorption pathway for cerebrospinal fluid may be behind the pathophysiology of NPH. (orig.)

  19. In vitro hydrodynamic properties of the Miethke proGAV hydrocephalus shunt

    Richards Hugh K


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Adjustable shunts are very popular in the management of hydrocephalus and are believed to help in minimizing the number of surgical revisions. The drawback with almost all constructions is that they may be accidentally readjusted in relatively weak magnetic fields (around 30–40 mTesla Materials and methods The ProGav Miethke shunt is composed of an adjustable ballon-spring valve unit and an integrated over-drainage compensating gravitational device (known as the shunt assistant. A mechanical 'brake' is intended to prevent changes to the valve's performance level in a strong magnetic field. We evaluated the performance and hydrodynamic properties of a sample of three valves in the UK Shunt Evaluation Laboratory. Results All the shunts showed good mechanical durability over the three-month period of testing, and good stability of hydrodynamic performance over a one-month period The pressure-flow performance curves, operating, opening and closing pressures fell within the limits specified by the manufacturer, and changed according to the programmed performance levels. The operating pressure increased when the shunt assistant was in the vertical position, as specified. The valve has a low hydrodynamic resistance (0.53 mm mmHg ml-1 min-1. External programming proved to be easy and reliable. Strong magnetic fields from a 3 Tesla MR scanner were not able to change the programming of the valve. Conclusion The ProGAV shunt is an adjustable, low resistance valve that is able to limit posture-related over-drainage. Unlike other adjustable valves, the ProGAV cannot be accidentally re-adjusted by external magnetic field such as a 3T MR scanner.

  20. Adaptive right ventricular performance in response to acutely increased afterload in a lamb model of congenital heart disease: evidence for enhanced Anrep effect.

    Johnson, Rebecca C; Datar, Sanjeev A; Oishi, Peter E; Bennett, Stephen; Maki, Jun; Sun, Christine; Johengen, Michael; He, Youping; Raff, Gary W; Redington, Andrew N; Fineman, Jeffrey R


    Patients with pulmonary hypertension associated with congenital heart disease survive longer with preserved right ventricular (RV) function compared with those with primary pulmonary hypertension. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that superior RV performance can be demonstrated, at baseline and when challenged with increased RV afterload, in lambs with chronic left-to-right cardiac shunts compared with control lambs. A shunt was placed between the pulmonary artery and the aorta in fetal lambs (shunt). RV pressure-volume loops were obtained 4 wk after delivery in shunt and control lambs, before and after increased afterload was applied using pulmonary artery banding (PAB). Baseline stroke volume (8.7 ± 1.8 vs. 15.8 ± 2.7 ml, P = 0.04) and cardiac index (73.0 ± 4.0 vs. 159.2 ± 25.1 ml·min(-1)·kg(-1), P = 0.02) were greater in shunts. After PAB, there was no difference in the change in cardiac index (relative to baseline) between groups; however, heart rate (HR) was greater in controls (168 ± 7.3 vs. 138 ± 6.6 beats/min, P = 0.01), and end-systolic elastance (Ees) was greater in shunts (2.63 vs. 1.31 × baseline, P = 0.02). Control lambs showed decreased mechanical efficiency (71% baseline) compared with shunts. With acute afterload challenge, both controls and shunts maintained cardiac output; however, this was via maladaptive responses in controls, while shunts maintained mechanical efficiency and increased contractility via a proposed enhanced Anrep effect-the second, slow inotropic response in the biphasic ventricular response to increased afterload, a novel finding in the RV. The mechanisms related to these physiological differences may have important therapeutic implications.

  1. Impact of cerebrospinal fluid shunting for idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus on the amyloid cascade.

    Masao Moriya

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to determine whether the improvement of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF flow dynamics by CSF shunting, can suppress the oligomerization of amyloid β-peptide (Aβ, by measuring the levels of Alzheimer's disease (AD-related proteins in the CSF before and after lumboperitoneal shunting. Lumbar CSF from 32 patients with idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH (samples were obtained before and 1 year after shunting, 15 patients with AD, and 12 normal controls was analyzed for AD-related proteins and APLP1-derived Aβ-like peptides (APL1β (a surrogate marker for Aβ. We found that before shunting, individuals with iNPH had significantly lower levels of soluble amyloid precursor proteins (sAPP and Aβ38 compared to patients with AD and normal controls. We divided the patients with iNPH into patients with favorable (improvement ≥ 1 on the modified Rankin Scale and unfavorable (no improvement on the modified Rankin Scale outcomes. Compared to the unfavorable outcome group, the favorable outcome group showed significant increases in Aβ38, 40, 42, and phosphorylated-tau levels after shunting. In contrast, there were no significant changes in the levels of APL1β25, 27, and 28 after shunting. After shunting, we observed positive correlations between sAPPα and sAPPβ, Aβ38 and 42, and APL1β25 and 28, with shifts from sAPPβ to sAPPα, from APL1β28 to 25, and from Aβ42 to 38 in all patients with iNPH. Our results suggest that Aβ production remained unchanged by the shunt procedure because the levels of sAPP and APL1β were unchanged. Moreover, the shift of Aβ from oligomer to monomer due to the shift of Aβ42 (easy to aggregate to Aβ38 (difficult to aggregate, and the improvement of interstitial-fluid flow, could lead to increased Aβ levels in the CSF. Our findings suggest that the shunting procedure can delay intracerebral deposition of Aβ in patients with iNPH.

  2. Reduction of astrogliosis and microgliosis by cerebrospinal fluid shunting in experimental hydrocephalus

    Miller Janet M


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Reactive gliosis has the potential to alter biomechanical properties of the brain, impede neuronal regeneration and affect plasticity. Determining the onset and progression of reactive astrogliosis and microgliosis due to hydrocephalus is important for designing better clinical treatments. Methods Reactive astrogliosis and microgliosis were evaluated as the severity of hydrocephalus increased with age in hydrocephalic H-Tx rats and control littermates. Previous studies have suggested that gliosis may persist after short-term drainage (shunt treatment of the cerebrospinal fluid. Therefore shunts were placed in 15d hydrocephalic rats that were sacrificed after 6d (21d of age or after 21d (36d of age. Tissue was processed for Western blot procedures and immunohistochemistry, and probed for the astrocytic protein, Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein (GFAP and for microglial protein, Isolectin B4 (ILB4. Results In the parietal cortex of untreated hydrocephalic animals, GFAP levels increased significantly at 5d and at 12d compared to age-matched control rats. There was a continued increase in GFAP levels over control at 21d and at 36d. Shunting prevented some of the increase in GFAP levels in the parietal cortex. In the occipital cortex of untreated hydrocephalic animals, there was a significant increase over control in levels of GFAP at 5d. This trend continued in the 12d animals, although not significantly. Significant increases in GFAP levels were present in 21d and in 36d animals. Shunting significantly reduced GFAP levels in the 36d shunted group. Quantitative grading of immuno-stained sections showed similar changes in GFAP stained astrocytes. Immuno-stained microglia were altered in shape in hydrocephalic animals. At 5d and 12d, they appeared to be developmentally delayed with a lack of processes. Older 21d and 36d hydrocephalic animals exhibited the characteristics of activated microglia, with thicker processes and enlarged

  3. Cerebral oxygenation and processed EEG response to clamping and shunting during carotid endarterectomy under general anesthesia.

    Perez, William; Dukatz, Christopher; El-Dalati, Sami; Duncan, James; Abdel-Rasoul, Mahmoud; Springer, Andrew; Go, Michael R; Dzwonczyk, Roger


    Clamping and shunting during carotid endarterectomy (CEA) surgery causes changes in cerebral blood flow. The purpose of this study was to assess and compare, side by side, the cerebral oxygenation (rSO2) and processed electroencephalogram (EEG) response bilaterally to carotid artery clamping and shunting in patients undergoing CEA under general anesthesia. With institutional approval and written informed consent, patients undergoing CEA under general anesthesia and routine carotid artery shunting were recorded bilaterally, simultaneously and continuously with an rSO2 and processed EEG monitor. The response of the monitors during carotid artery clamping and shunting were assessed and compared between monitors and bilaterally within each monitor. Sixty-nine patients were included in the study. At clamping the surgical-side and contralateral-side rSO2 dropped significantly below the baseline incision value (-17.6 and -9.4% respectively). After shunting, the contralateral-side rSO2 returned to baseline while the surgical-side rSO2 remained significantly below baseline (-9.0%) until the shunt was removed following surgery. At clamping the surgical-side and contralateral-side processed EEG also dropped below baseline (-19.9 and -20.6% respectively). However, following shunt activation, the processed EEG returned bilaterally to baseline. During the course of this research, we found the rSO2 monitor to be clinically more robust (4.4% failure rate) than the processed EEG monitor (20.0% failure rate). There was no correlation between the rSO2 or processed EEG changes that occurred immediately after clamping and the degree of surgical side stenosis measured pre-operatively. Both rSO2 and processed EEG respond to clamping and shunting during CEA. Cerebral oximetry discriminates between the surgical and contralateral side during surgery. The rSO2 monitor is more reliable in the real-world clinical setting. Future studies should focus on developing algorithms based on these

  4. External lumbar drain: A pragmatic test for prediction of shunt outcomes in idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus

    Silky Chotai


    Full Text Available Background: The consensus on most reliable supplemental test to predict the shunt responsiveness in patients with idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH is lacking. The aim of this study is to discuss the utility of external lumbar drain (ELD in evaluation of shunt responsiveness for iNPH patients. Methods: A retrospective review of 66 patients with iNPH was conducted. All patients underwent 4-day ELD trial. ELD-positive patients were offered ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS surgery. The primary outcome evaluation parameters were gait and mini mental status examination (MMSE assessment. The family and patient perception of improvement was accounted for in the outcome evaluation. Results: There were 38 male and 28 female with mean age of 74 years (range 45-88 years. ELD trial was positive in 86% (57/66 of patients. No major complications were encountered with the ELD trial. A total of 60 patients (57 ELD-positive, 3 ELD-negative underwent VPS insertion. The negative ELD trial (P = 0.006 was associated with poor outcomes following shunt insertion. The positive ELD trial predicted shunt responsiveness in 96% patients (P < 0.0001, OR = 96.2, CI = 11.6-795.3. A receiver operating characteristic (ROC curve analysis revealed that the ELD trial is reasonably accurate in differentiating shunt responder from non-responder in iNPH patients (area under curve = 0.8 ± 0.14, P = 0.02, CI = 0.52-1.0. The mean follow-up period was 12-months (range 0.3-3 years. The significant overall improvement after VPS was seen in 92% (55/60. The improvement was sustained in 76% of patients at mean 3-year follow-up. The number of comorbid conditions (P = 0.034, OR = 4.15, CI = 1.2-9.04, and a history of cerebrovascular accident (CVA (P = 0.035, OR = 4.4, CI = 1.9-14.6 were the predictors of poor outcome following shunt surgery. Conclusion: The positive ELD test predicted shunt responsiveness in 96% of patients. With adequate technique, maximal results with minimal

  5. When do the symptoms of autonomic nervous system malfunction appear in patients with Parkinson’s disease?

    De Luka Silvio R.


    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Dysautonomia appears in almost all patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD in a certain stage of their condition. The aim of our study was to detect the development and type of autonomic disorders, find out the factors affecting their manifestation by analyzing the potential association with demographic variables related to clinical presentation, as well as the symptoms of the disease in a PD patient cohort. Methods. The patients with PD treated at the Clinic of Neurology in Belgrade during a 2-year period, divided into 3 groups were studied: 25 de novo patients, 25 patients already treated and had no long-term levodopa therapy-related complications and 22 patients treated with levodopa who manifested levodopa-induced motor complications. Simultaneously, 35 healthy control subjects, matched by age and sex, were also analyzed. Results. Autonomic nervous system malfunction was defined by Ewing diagnostic criteria. The tests, indicators of sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, were significantly different in the PD patients as compared with the controls, suggesting the failure of both systems. However, it was shown, in the selected groups of patients, that the malfunction of both systems was present in two treated groups of PD patients, while de novo group manifested only sympathetic dysfunction. For this reason, the complete autonomic neuropathy was diagnosed only in the treated PD patients, while de novo patients were defined as those with the isolated sympathetic dysfunction. The patients with the complete autonomic neuropathy differed from the subjects without such neuropathy in higher cumulative and motor unified Parkinson’s disease rating score (UPDRS (p < 0.01, activities of daily living scores (p < 0.05, Schwab-England scale (p < 0.001 and Hoehn-Yahr scale. There was no difference between the patients in other clinical-demographic characteristics (sex, age at the time of diagnosis, actual age, duration of

  6. The C57BL/6J mouse exhibits sporadic congenital portosystemic shunts.

    Cristina Cudalbu

    Full Text Available C57BL/6 mice are the most widely used strain of laboratory mice. Using in vivo proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy ((1H MRS, we have repeatedly observed an abnormal neurochemical profile in the brains of both wild-type and genetically modified mice derived from the C57BL/6J strain, consisting of a several fold increase in cerebral glutamine and two fold decrease in myo-inositol. This strikingly abnormal neurochemical "phenotype" resembles that observed in chronic liver disease or portosystemic shunting and appeared to be independent of transgene, origin or chow and was not associated with liver failure. As many as 25% of animals displayed the abnormal neurochemical profile, questioning the reliability of this model for neurobiology. We conducted an independent study to determine if this neurochemical profile was associated with portosystemic shunting. Our results showed that 100% of the mice with high brain glutamine displayed portosystemic shunting by concomitant portal angiography while all mice with normal brain glutamine did not. Since portosystemic shunting is known to cause alterations in gene expression in many organs including the brain, we conclude that portosystemic shunting may be the most significant problem associated with C57BL/6J inbreeding both for its effect on the central nervous system and for its systemic repercussions.

  7. Scanning Electron Microscopy Evaluation of an EX-PRESS Mini Glaucoma Shunt After Explantation.

    Tognetto, Daniele; Cecchini, Paolo; D'Aloisio, Rossella; Vattovani, Odilla; Turco, Gianluca


    We report a case of an explanted stainless steel miniature glaucoma drainage device (EX-PRESS) implanted under a scleral flap for pseudoexfoliation open-angle glaucoma surgical treatment. The glaucoma shunt was implanted in a 75-year-old white man with medically refractive glaucoma. Cataract surgery was performed simultaneously. After 2 years, the shunt extruded through the scleral flap and the conjunctiva and it was, therefore, explanted. Scanning electron microscopy images of the EX-PRESS mini glaucoma shunt were acquired to verify the patency of the device lumen and the presence of fibrosis or cellular adhesion on the device. Energy dispersive spectroscopy for chemical surface characterization of the EX-PRESS shunt was performed. Scanning electron microscopy-acquired images showed minimal extracellular material proliferation on the lumen device. The energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis revealed a high peak of carbon suggesting the organic nature of the residuals found on the shunt lumen. The surface showed few superficial pits, likely due to an initial corrosion process.

  8. [Examination of R-L shunt ratio mensuration using dynamic images in lung perfusion scintigraphy].

    Ichikawa, Hajime; Yamada, Sayaka; Yoshioka, Chiho; Tamaoki, Toyoshi; Miura, Syunichi; Suzuki, Motoki; Makino, Tetsuzou


    We examined a method of quantitative analysis that used dynamic and static images to measure the Right-left (R-L) shunt ratio in lung perfusion scintigraphy. A total of 18 patients suspected of having R-L shunt brought on by congenital heart disease were referred for lung perfusion scintigraphy from November 2005 to February 2007 at our hospital. We acquired anterior dynamic images, set ROIs in all fields of view, and measured the highest count. We acquired anterior and posterior static images of the chest and measured lung counts. We considered the highest count on dynamic images to be the total injection dose per one second, normalized the acquisition time of static images, and calculated the R-L shunt ratio. We weighed the measurement results of the R-L shunt ratio obtained by the dynamic method against that of the whole-body method by t-test and the least-squares method. When we used a posterior static image in the dynamic method, we found that the coefficient of correlation (r) was 0.9831. The result of the t-test was that there was no significant difference at a level of significance of 1%. We think the use of the dynamic method is possible in R-L shunt ratio measurement and can shorten the examination time.

  9. Unified power flow controller based on two shunt converters and a series capacitor

    Khoshkbar Sadigh, Arash; Tarafdar Hagh, Mehrdad; Sabahi, Mehran [Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tabriz, Tabriz (Iran)


    In this paper a novel configuration of unified power flow controller (UPFC) which consists of two shunt converters and a series capacitor is proposed. In this configuration, a series capacitor is used between two shunt converters to inject desired series voltage. As a result, it is possible to control the active and reactive power flow as same as the conventional configuration of UPFC. The main advantage of the proposed UPFC in comparison with the conventional configuration is injection of a series voltage waveform with a very low total harmonic distortion (THD). Also, using two shunt converters instead of a series and a shunt converters, results in reduction of design efforts and simplification of control, measuring and protection strategies. An optimal control strategy based on the discrete model of converters is applied to shunt converters. The proposed UPFC is simulated using PSCAD/EMTDC and MATLAB software and simulation results are presented to validate the effectiveness of the novel configuration of UPFC. Also, the experimental results which are obtained from an experimental set-up are presented. (author)

  10. Intrapulmonary shunt is a potentially unrecognized cause of ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack.

    Abushora, Mohannad Y; Bhatia, Nirmanmoh; Alnabki, Ziad; Shenoy, Mohan; Alshaher, Motaz; Stoddard, Marcus F


    Ischemic stroke is a major cause of mortality and disability. Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a harbinger of stroke. The etiology of stroke in as many as 40% of patients remains undetermined after extensive evaluation. It was hypothesized that intrapulmonary shunt is a potential facilitator of cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or TIA. Patients undergoing clinically indicated transesophageal echocardiography were prospectively enrolled. Comprehensive multiplane transesophageal echocardiographic imaging was performed and saline contrast done to assess for intrapulmonary shunt and patent foramen ovale. Three hundred twenty-one patients with either nonhemorrhagic CVA (n = 262) or TIA (n = 59) made up the stroke group. Three hundred twenty-one age-matched and gender-matched patients made up the control group. Intrapulmonary shunt occurred more frequently in the stroke group (72 of 321) compared with the control group (32 of 321) (22% vs 10%, P CVA and/or TIA (odds ratio, 2.6; P CVA or TIA (n = 71), intrapulmonary shunt occurred more frequently (25 of 71) than in the control group (5 of 71) (35% vs 7%, P CVA or TIA in patients with cryptogenic CVA or TIA (odds ratio, 6.3; P CVA and TIA, especially in patients with cryptogenic CVA and TIA. Future studies assessing the prognostic significance of intrapulmonary shunt on cerebral vascular event recurrence rates in patients after initial CVA or TIA would be of great interest. Copyright © 2013 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Decompensated porto-pulmonary hypertension in a cirrhotic patient with thrombosis of portocaval shunt


    We report a case of decompensated porto-pulmonary hypertension closely associated with the development of intra-portocaval shunt thrombosis. A woman with Laennec's cirrhosis was hospitalized because of severe dyspnea and edema. She underwent surgical portocaval anastomosis ten years ago. Imaging studies showed massive intra-shunt thrombosis, portal hypertension, ascites, pleuro-pericardial effusions and enlargement of right cardiac cavities. Cardiac catheterization allowed to rule out coronary and leftsided heart abnormalities and led to the diagnosis of pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension. Antithrombotic treatment with low molecular weight heparin was instituted. The management also included ACE inhibitors,spironolactone, low-salt diet and lactulose. The patient was discharged and three months later we observed the disappearance of edema, ascites and pleuropericardial effusions, a marked body weight reduction and improved dyspnea and liver function tests. A possible link between the development of intra-shunt thrombosis and clinical decompensation in our patient was hypothesized. In fact, it has been demonstrated that the increased portal pressure, caused by occlusion of portosystemic shunt, reduces renal plasma flow and increases systemic endothelin-1 concentration. In our patient the disappearance of edematous state and improved dyspnea observed after recanalization of the shunt strongly support this hypothesis.

  12. Micro-fabricated shunt to mimic arachnoid granulations for the treatment of communicating hydrocephalus.

    Kralick, Francis; Oh, Jonghyun; Medina, Tim; Noh, Hongseok Moses


    Hydrocephalus is the abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the confines of the skull that if left untreated results in significant morbidity and mortality. The treatment for hydrocephalus has remained essentially unchanged for over 50 years. It was a technological advance in materials that allowed John Holter, in conjunction with neurosurgeons Spitzer and Nulsen, to devise a valve and shunt system that diverted excess CSF from the ventricular space to the peritoneum. This ventriculo-peritoneal (VP) shunt is far from ideal, with problems associated with under/over shunting, mechanical mismatch, infection, high failure rates, disconnection and erosion. With the advances in the field of micro-fabrication and micro-machines we propose an innovative shunt system that would mimic the function of arachnoid granulations. This micro-fabricated shunting device, or micro-mechanical arachnoid granulation (MAG), consists of a multiplicity of micro-valves each 210 μm in diameter that each adhere to individual micro-needles. This work demonstrates the design and initial test results of the micro-valve with parameters for low cracking pressure, optimal flow rate, and reflux that would mimic the function of the native arachnoid granulations.

  13. Laboratory study on "intracranial hypotension" created by pumping the chamber of a hydrocephalus shunt

    Richards Hugh K


    Full Text Available Abstract Background It has been reported that pumping a shunt in situ may precipitate a proximal occlusion, and/or lead to ventricular over-drainage, particularly in the context of small ventricles. In the laboratory we measured the effect of pumping the pre-chamber of hydrocephalus shunts on intracranial hypotension. Materials and methods A simple physical model of the CSF space in a hydrocephalic patient was constructed with appropriate compliance, CSF production and circulation. This was used to test eleven different hydrocephalus shunts. The lowest pressure obtained, the number of pumps needed to reach this pressure, and the maximum pressure change with a single pump, were recorded. Results All models were able to produce negative pressures ranging from -11.5 mmHg (Orbis-Sigma valve to -233.1 mmHg (Sinu-Shunt. The number of pumps required reaching these levels ranged from 21 (PS Medical LP Reservoir to 315 (Codman Hakim-Programmable. The maximum pressure change per pump ranged from 0.39 mmHg (Orbis-Sigma valve to 23.1 (PS Medical LP Reservoir. Conclusion Patients, carers and professionals should be warned that 'pumping' a shunt's pre-chamber may cause a large change in intracranial pressure and predispose the patient to ventricular catheter obstruction or other complications.

  14. Chatter reduction in boring process by using piezoelectric shunt damping with experimental verification

    Yigit, Ufuk; Cigeroglu, Ender; Budak, Erhan


    Chatter is a self-excited type of vibration that develops during machining due to process-structure dynamic interactions resulting in modulated chip thickness. Chatter is an important problem as it results in poor surface quality, reduced productivity and tool life. The stability of a cutting process is strongly influenced by the frequency response function (FRF) at the cutting point. In this study, the effect of piezoelectric shunt damping on chatter vibrations in a boring process is studied. In piezoelectric shunt damping method, an electrical impedance is connected to a piezoelectric transducer which is bonded on cutting tool. Electrical impedance of the circuit consisting of piezoceramic transducer and passive shunt is tuned to the desired natural frequency of the cutting tool in order to maximize damping. The optimum damping is achieved in analytical and finite element models (FEM) by using a genetic algorithm focusing on the real part of the tool point FRF rather than the amplitude. Later, a practical boring bar is considered where the optimum circuit parameters are obtained by the FEM. Afterwards, the effect of the optimized piezoelectric shunt damping on the dynamic rigidity and absolute stability limit of the cutting process are investigated experimentally by modal analysis and cutting tests. It is both theoretically and experimentally shown that application of piezoelectric shunt damping results in a significant increase in the absolute stability limit in boring operations.

  15. Bacteremia and "Endotipsitis" following transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunting

    Mizrahi, Meir; Roemi, Lilach; Shouval, Daniel; Adar, Tomer; Korem, Maya; Moses, Alon; Bloom, Alan; Shibolet, Oren


    AIM: To identify all cases of bacteremia and suspected endotipsitis after Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunting (TIPS) at our institution and to determine risk factors for their occurrence. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed records of all patients who underwent TIPS in our institution between 1996 and 2009. Data included: indications for TIPS, underlying liver disease, demographics, positive blood cultures after TIPS, microbiological characteristics, treatment and outcome. RESULTS: 49 men and 47 women were included with a mean age of 55.8 years (range 15-84). Indications for TIPS included variceal bleeding, refractory ascites, hydrothorax and hepatorenal syndrome. Positive blood cultures after TIPS were found in 39/96 (40%) patients at various time intervals following the procedure. Seven patients had persistent bacteremia fitting the definition of endotipsitis. Staphylococcus species grew in 66% of the positive cultures, Candida and enterococci species in 15% each of the isolates, and 3% cultures grew other species. Multi-variate regression analysis identified 4 variables: hypothyroidism, HCV, prophylactic use of antibiotics and the procedure duration as independent risk factors for positive blood cultures following TIPS (P < 0.0006, 0.005, 0.001, 0.0003, respectively). Prophylactic use of antibiotics before the procedure was associated with a decreased risk for bacteremia, preventing mainly early infections, occurring within 120 d of the procedure. CONCLUSION: Bacteremia is common following TIPS. Risk factors associated with bacteremia include failure to use prophylactic antibiotics, hypothyroidism, HCV and a long procedure. Our results strongly support the use of prophylaxis as a means to decrease early post TIPS infections. PMID:21731907

  16. Role of Mitochondria-rich Cells for Passive Chloride Transport, discussion of Ussing's Contribution to Our Understanding of Shunt Pathways in Epithelia

    Larsen, Erik Hviid; Kristensen, Poul; Nedergaard, Signe Nielsen


    Toad skin, Mitochondria-rich cells, Chloride channels, Epithelial shunt pathways, Leaky epithelia, Recirculation theory of isotonic transport......Toad skin, Mitochondria-rich cells, Chloride channels, Epithelial shunt pathways, Leaky epithelia, Recirculation theory of isotonic transport...

  17. The interrelations between malfunctioning DNA damage response (DDR) and the functionality of the neuro-glio-vascular unit.

    Barzilai, Ari


    A hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases is impairment of certain aspects of "brain functionality". Brain functionality is defined as the total input and output of the brain's neural circuits and networks. A given brain degenerative disorder does not deregulate total brain functionality but rather the activity of specific circuits in a given network, affecting their organization and topology, their cell numbers, their cellular functionality, and the interactions between neural circuits. Similarly, our concept of neurodegenerative diseases, which for many years revolved around neural survival or death, has now been extended to emphasize the role of glia. In particular, the role of glial cells in neuro-vascular communication is now known to be central to the effect of insults to the nervous system. In addition, a malfunctioning vascular system likely plays a role in the etiology of certain neurodegenerative diseases. Thus, the symptoms of neurodegenerative or more correctly brain degenerative disease are, to a very large extent, a result of impairment in glial cells that lead to pathological neuro-vascular interactions that, in turn, generate a rather "hostile" environment in which the neurons fail to function. These events lead to systematic neural cell death on a scale that appears to be proportional to the severity of the neurological deficit.

  18. Evolving Insights into the Pathophysiology of Diabetic Neuropathy: Implications of Malfunctioning Glia and Discovery of Novel Therapeutic Targets.

    Rahman, Md Habibur; Jha, Mithilesh Kumar; Suk, Kyoungho


    Diabetic neuropathy subsequent to chronic high blood glucose-induced nerve damage is one of the most frustrating and debilitating complications of diabetes, which affects the quality of life in patients with diabetes. Approximately 60-70% of patients with diabetes suffer from a distal symmetrical form of mild to severe neuropathy that progresses in a fiber-length-dependent pattern, with sensory and autonomic manifestations predominating. High glucose and oxidative stress-mediated damage in neurons and glial cells, as well as neuroinflammation and crosstalk between these disease processes, have garnered immense attention as the essential mechanisms underlying the development and progression of diabetic neuropathy. Although the metabolic causes of diabetic neuropathy are well understood and documented, treatment options for this disorder are still limited, highlighting the need for further studies to identify new molecular and therapeutic targets. This review covers recent advances in our knowledge of the pathophysiology of diabetic neuropathy, discusses how persistent hyperglycemic conditions and malfunctioning glia drive disease progression, and finally explores the possibilities and challenges offered by several potential novel therapeutic targets for both preventing and reversing diabetic neuropathy.

  19. Alumina shunt for precooling a cryogen-free 4He or 3He refrigerator

    Uhlig, Kurt


    In this technical report a cryogen-free 1 K cryostat is described where the pot of the 4He refrigeration unit is precooled by the 2nd stage of a pulse tube cryocooler (PTC) from room temperature to T ∼ 3 K via a shunt made from sintered alumina (SA); the total mass of the 1 K stage is 3.5 kg. SA has high thermal conductivity at high temperatures; but below ∼50 K the thermal conductivity drops rapidly, almost following a T3-law. This makes SA an interesting candidate for the construction of a thermal shunt, especially as the heat capacity of metals drops by several orders of magnitude in the temperature range from 300 K to 3 K. At the base temperature of the PTC, the heat conduction of the shunt is so small that the heat leak into the 1 K stage is negligible.

  20. Percutaneous vesicoamniotic shunting versus conservative management for fetal lower urinary tract obstruction (PLUTO): a randomised trial.

    Morris, Rachel K; Malin, Gemma L; Quinlan-Jones, Elisabeth; Middleton, Lee J; Hemming, Karla; Burke, Danielle; Daniels, Jane P; Khan, Khalid S; Deeks, Jon; Kilby, Mark D


    Fetal lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO) is associated with high perinatal and long-term childhood mortality and morbidity. We aimed to assess the effectiveness of vesicoamniotic shunting for treatment of LUTO. In a randomised trial in the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands, women whose pregnancies with a male fetus were complicated by isolated LUTO were randomly assigned by a central telephone and web-based randomisation service to receive either the intervention (placement of vesicoamniotic shunt) or conservative management. Allocation could not be masked from clinicians or participants because of the invasive nature of the intervention. Diagnosis was by prenatal ultrasound. The primary outcome was survival of the baby to 28 days postnatally. All primary analyses were done on an intention-to-treat basis, but these results were compared with those of an as-treated analysis to investigate the effect of a fairly large proportion of crossovers. We used Bayesian methods to estimate the posterior probability distribution of the effectiveness of vesicoamniotic shunting at 28 days. The study is registered with the ISRCTN Register, number ISRCTN53328556. 31 women with singleton pregnancies complicated by LUTO were included in the trial and main analysis, with 16 allocated to the vesicoamniotic shunt group and 15 to the conservative management group. The study closed early because of poor recruitment. There were 12 livebirths in each group. In the vesicoamniotic shunt group one intrauterine death occurred and three pregnancies were terminated. In the conservative management group one intrauterine death occurred and two pregnancies were terminated. Of the 16 pregnancies randomly assigned to vesicoamniotic shunting, eight neonates survived to 28 days, compared with four from the 15 pregnancies assigned to conservative management (intention-to-treat relative risk [RR] 1·88, 95% CI 0·71-4·96; p=0·27). Analysis based on treatment received showed a larger effect (3·20, 1

  1. Instantaneous Power Theory with Fourier and Optimal Predictive Controller Design for Shunt Active Power Filter

    Suksan Tiyarachakun


    Full Text Available This paper presents a novel harmonic identification algorithm of shunt active power filter for balanced and unbalanced three-phase systems based on the instantaneous power theory called instantaneous power theory with Fourier. Moreover, the optimal design of predictive current controller using an artificial intelligence technique called adaptive Tabu search is also proposed in the paper. These enhancements of the identification and current control parts are the aim of the good performance for shunt active power filter. The good results for harmonic mitigation using the proposed ideas in the paper are confirmed by the intensive simulation using SPS in SIMULINK. The simulation results show that the enhanced shunt active power filter can provide the minimum %THD (Total Harmonic Distortion of source currents and unity power factor after compensation. In addition, the %THD also follows the IEEE Std.519-1992.

  2. Increased intracranial pressure in myelomeningocele (MMC) patients never shunted: results of a prospective preliminary study.

    Iborra, J; Pagès, E; Cuxart, A; Poca, A; Sahuquillo, J


    In some young adults non-shunted myelomeningocele (MMC) patients without symptoms or with unspecific clinical findings, moderate or severe stabilised ventriculomegaly are observed in control CT scans. Physicians are then faced with the so-called 'Arrested Hydrocephalus' (AH) syndrome. The present study is part of a prospective protocol in which patients with hydrocephalus associated with MMC and long-term clinical diagnosis of AH were included. To evaluate myelomeningocele patients never shunted with clinical and/or CT scan criteria compatible with AH. Multidisciplinary Spina Bifida Unit in a tertiary university hospital in Barcelona, Spain. Fourteen MMC patients were selected, in all of them, continuous intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring was performed. Analysis of the ICP records was done using the method described by Borgesen in mmHg. All patients were also studied by intelligence quotient (IQ) testing before and after shunting. The CT in all the study cases showed an Evans ratio Seguridad Social (FISS).

  3. Low-frequency vibration isolation in sandwich plates by piezoelectric shunting arrays

    Chen, Shengbing; Wang, Gang; Song, Yubao


    Piezoelectric shunting arrays are proposed to isolate low-frequency vibrations transmitted in sandwich plates. The performance is characterized through application of finite element method. The numerical result shows that a complete band gap, whose width is about 20 Hz, is produced in the desired low-frequency ranges. The band gap is induced by local resonances of the shunting circuits, whose location is strongly related to the inductance, while the resistance can broaden the band gap to some extent. Vibration experiments are conducted on a 1200 × 1000 × 15 mm aluminum honeycomb plate with two arrays of 5 × 5 shunted piezoelectric patches bonded on the surface panels. Significant attenuation is found in the experimental results, which agree well with the theoretical predictions. Consequently, the proposed idea is feasible and effective.

  4. Adaptive-Fuzzy Controller Based Shunt Active Filter for Power Line Conditioners

    KamalaKanta Mahapatra


    Full Text Available This paper presents a novel Fuzzy Logic Controller (FLC in conjunction with Phase Locked Loop (PLL based shunt active filter for Power Line Conditioners (PLCs to improve the power quality in the distribution system. The active filter is implemented with current controlled Voltage Source Inverter (VSI for compensating current harmonics and reactive power at the point of common coupling. The VSI gate control switching pulses are derived from proposed Adaptive-Fuzzy-Hysteresis Current Controller (HCC and this method calculates the hysteresis bandwidth effectively using fuzzy logic. The bandwidth can be adjusted based on compensation current variation, which is used to optimize the required switching frequency and improves active filter substantially. These shunt active power filter system is investigated and verified under steady and transient-state with non-linear load conditions. This shunt active filter is in compliance with IEEE 519 and IEC 61000-3 recommended harmonic standards.

  5. The Study of Magnetic Flux Shunts Effects on the Leakage Reactance of Transformers via FEM

    Karim Abbaszadeh


    Full Text Available The influence of arrangement, dimensions, and magnetic permeability of the magnetic flux shunts on the flux distribution and leakage reactance of the power transformers is studied in this paper by using a finite elements method and a simple modeling approach. By using magneto-static analysis and finite element method, first the flux distribution in the 2D model of a core-type three phase power transformer and then using the magnetic stored energy method the leakage reactance of the transformer windings is calculated. By studying the different models including magnetic flux shunts, the effect of the arrangement, geometric dimensions as well as the magnetic permeability of the magnetic flux shunt on the leakage reactance of the transformer are studied and some interesting results are obtained. It is shown that the variation of these parameters in the transformer model has significant effects on the leakage reactance of the transformer.

  6. Three-phase shunt active power filter connected to a photovoltaic array

    Belaidi, R.; Chikouche, A.; Fathi, M.; Mghezzi, Larafi [Unite de Developpement des Equipements Solaires (Algeria); Haddouche, A. [Universite Badji Mokhtar (Algeria)], E-mail:


    In recent years, public awareness of power quality issues in distribution systems has arisen. The photovoltaic interactive shunt active power filter is a system which provides harmonic current damping and reactive power compensation during the hours of sunlight, while the distribution system provides power during the hours of darkness. The aim of this paper is to study the topology of a photovoltaic interactive shunt active power filter. Simulations were performed using Matlab and Simulink and were analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the system; an MPPT algorithm was used to maximize the power extracted from the photovoltaic array. Results showed that the use of the power filter achieves a reduction in the total harmonic distortion of the current from 33.54% to 3.47%. This study demonstrated that the photovoltaic interactive shunt active power filter helps improve power quality by filtering harmonic currents and compensating reactive power generated by non-linear loads.

  7. Delayed Intracerebral Hemorrhage Secondary to Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt: A Case Report and Literature Review.

    Ma, Li; Chen, Yi-Li; Yang, Shu-Xu; Wang, Yi-Rong


    The ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt is a routine procedure for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) diversion, and is associated with many complications. A delayed hemorrhage after the VP shunt surgery, however, is quite rare. In this study, we report a case involving late-onset hemorrhage. The 67-year-old male patient with a history of head trauma and brain surgery underwent a VP shunt placement for hydrocephalus. The surgery course was uneventful and no bleeding was revealed in the first computed tomographic (CT) scan after the procedure. However, a massive intraparenchymal and intraventricular hemorrhage occurred 8 h following adjustment of the valve system on the 8th day after surgery.Erosion of the vasculature by catheter cannulation and a sudden reduction of CSF pressure after downregulation of the valve could be one of the possible causes of the intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH).

  8. Semi-active control of piezoelectric coating's underwater sound absorption by combining design of the shunt impedances

    Sun, Yang; Li, Zhaohui; Huang, Aigen; Li, Qihu


    Piezoelectric shunt damping technology has been applied in the field of underwater sound absorption in recent years. In order to achieve broadband echo reduction, semi-active control of sound absorption of multi-layered piezoelectric coating by shunt damping is significant. In this paper, a practical method is proposed to control the underwater sound absorption coefficients of piezoelectric coating layers by combining design of the shunt impedance that allows certain sound absorption coefficients at setting frequencies. A one-dimensional electro-acoustic model of the piezoelectric coating and the backing is established based on the Mason equivalent circuit theory. First, the shunt impedance of the coating is derived under the constraint of sound absorption coefficient at one frequency. Then, taking the 1-3 piezoelectric composite coating as an example, the sound absorption properties of the coating shunted to the designed shunt impedance are investigated. Next, on the basis of that, an iterative method for two constrained frequencies and an optimizing algorithm for multiple constrained frequencies are provided for combining design of the shunt impedances. At last, an experimental sample with four piezoelectric material layers is manufactured, of which the sound absorption coefficients are measured in an impedance tube. The experimental results show good agreement with the finite element simulation results. It is proved that a serial R-L circuit can control the peak frequency, maximum and bandwidth of the sound absorption coefficient and the combining R-L circuits shunted to multiple layers can control the sound absorption coefficients at multiple frequencies.

  9. A retrospective study of central nervous system shunt infections diagnosed in a university hospital during a 4-year period

    Coskun Erdal


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunts are used for intracranial pressure management and temporary cerebrospinal fluid (CSF drainage. Infection of the central nervous system (CNS is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with CSF shunts. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the clinical features, pathogens, and outcomes of 22 patients with CSF shunt infections collected over 4 years. Methods The patients with shunt insertions were evaluated using; age, sex, etiology of hydrocephalus, shunt infection numbers, biochemical and microbiological parameters, prognosis, clinical infection features and clinical outcome. Results The most common causes of the etiology of hydrocephalus in shunt infected patients were congenital hydrocephalus-myelomeningocele (32% and meningitis (23%. The commonest causative microorganism identified was Staphylococcus (S. aureus, followed by Acinetobacter spp., and S. epidermidis. Conclusion In a case of a shunt infection the timely usage of appropriate antibiotics, according to the antimicrobial susceptibility testing, and the removal of the shunt apparatus is essential for successful treatment.

  10. Peritoneovenous shunt in treatment of ascites in patients with cirrhosis. A preliminary report with special reference to pathophysiology

    Henriksen, Jens Henrik Sahl; Malchow-Møller, A; Ring-Larsen, H;


    , but detectable increment in the overall lymph drainage was only found in a patient with a very low pre-shunt value. The findings do not support the 'overflow' theory of ascites formation but rather the 'lymph imbalance' theory. For clinical evaluation of peritoneovenous shunting in the treatment of ascites...

  11. Shunt flow evaluation in congenital heart disease based on two-dimensional speckle tracking.

    Fadnes, Solveig; Nyrnes, Siri Ann; Torp, Hans; Lovstakken, Lasse


    High-frame-rate ultrasound speckle tracking was used for quantification of peak velocity in shunt flows resulting from septal defects in congenital heart disease. In a duplex acquisition scheme implemented on a research scanner, unfocused transmit beams and full parallel receive beamforming were used to achieve a frame rate of 107 frames/s for full field-of-view flow images with high accuracy, while also ensuring high-quality focused B-mode tissue imaging. The setup was evaluated in vivo for neonates with atrial and ventricular septal defects. The shunt position was automatically tracked in B-mode images and further used in blood speckle tracking to obtain calibrated shunt flow velocities throughout the cardiac cycle. Validation toward color flow imaging and pulsed wave Doppler with manual angle correction indicated that blood speckle tracking could provide accurate estimates of shunt flow velocities. The approach was less biased by clutter filtering compared with color flow imaging and was able to provide velocity estimates beyond the Nyquist range. Possible placements of sample volumes (and angle corrections) for conventional Doppler resulted in a peak shunt velocity variations of 0.49-0.56 m/s for the ventricular septal defect of patient 1 and 0.38-0.58 m/s for the atrial septal defect of patient 2. In comparison, the peak velocities found from speckle tracking were 0.77 and 0.33 m/s for patients 1 and 2, respectively. Results indicated that complex intraventricular flow velocity patterns could be quantified using high-frame-rate speckle tracking of both blood and tissue movement. This could potentially help increase diagnostic accuracy and decrease inter-observer variability when measuring peak velocity in shunt flows. Copyright © 2014 World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Radionuclide determination of left-to-right shunt in patients with patent ductus arteriosus

    Klepzig, H. Jr.; Sievert, H.; Mildenberger, D.; Bussmann, W.D.; Kaltenbach, M.; Standke, R.; Hoer, G.


    In 9 patients with patent ductus arteriosus, quantification of left-to-right shunt was performed with dye dilution curves after peripheral injection and with radionuclide ventriculography. The study was repeated within 7 days after successful transluminal occlusion of the ductus with an Ivalon-plug. Reproducibility of the method could be studied in one patient in whom reopening of the ductus occurred. Dye dilution curves were analyzed using the method of Carter et al. Radionuclide ventriculography was performed as a combined first-pass and equilibrium study: effective stroke volume was derived from the first pass of the tracer through the heart; during the equilibrium phase left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) and left ventricular enddiastolic volume (EDV) were evaluated. The difference between total left ventricular stroke volume (product of EF and EDV) and effective stroke volume was taken as shunt volume. This volume as a fraction of total left ventricular stroke volume resulted in percent left-to-right shunt. The sensitivity of the dye technique was 78%; a quantification of the shunt lesion was possible in 55% of all cases (shunt greater than 35%). The sensitivity of the radionuclide technique was 90%. The severity of the lesion could not be determined in one patient with a minimal shunt. After successful occlusion of the ductus, dye dilution curves normalized in all cases. Radionuclide ventriculography showed normalization in all but one patient. This patient with concomitant mitral regurgitation still showed moderate left ventricular volume overload. After occlusion, left ventricular enddiastolic volume significantly decreased (from 224 to 181 ml, p < 0.05), effective cardiac output increased (from 6186 to 7476 ml, p < 0.01) and ejection fraction remained unchanged (55 vs. 51%). (orig./TRV).

  13. Electrospun polyurethane as an alternative ventricular catheter and in vitro model of shunt obstruction.

    Suresh, Supraja; Black, Richard A


    Intracranial pressure and volume vary considerably between hydrocephalic patients, and with age, health and haemodynamic status; if left untreated, intracranial pressure rises and the ventricular system expands to accommodate the excess cerebrospinal fluid, with significant morbidity and mortality. Cerebrospinal fluid shunts in use today have a high incidence of failure with shunt obstruction being the most serious. Conventional proximal shunt catheters are made from poly(dimethyl)siloxane, the walls of which are perforated with holes for the cerebrospinal fluid to pass through. The limited range of catheters, in terms of material selection and flow distribution, is responsible in large part for their poor performance. In this study, we present an alternative design of proximal catheter made of electrospun polyether urethane, and evaluate its performance in the presence of glial cells, which are responsible for shunt blockage. The viability and growth of cells on catheter materials such as poly(dimethyl)siloxane and polyurethane in the form of cast films, microfibrous mats and porous sponges were studied in the presence of proteins present in cerebrospinal fluid after 48 h and 96 h in culture. The numbers of viable cells on each substrate were comparable to untreated poly(dimethyl)siloxane, both in the presence and absence of serum proteins found in cerebrospinal fluid. A cell culture model of shunt obstruction was developed in which cells on electrospun polyether urethane catheters were subjected to flow during culture in vitro, and the degree of obstruction quantified in terms of hydraulic permeability after static and perfusion culture. The results indicate that a catheter made of electrospun polyether urethane would be able to maintain cerebrospinal fluid flow even with the presence of cells for the time period chosen for this study. These findings have implications for the design and deployment of microporous shunt catheter systems for the treatment of

  14. Percutaneous Mesocaval Shunt Creation in a Patient with Chronic Portal and Superior Mesenteric Vein Thrombosis

    Bercu, Zachary L., E-mail:; Sheth, Sachin B., E-mail: [Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Division of Interventional Radiology (United States); Noor, Amir, E-mail: [The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (United States); Lookstein, Robert A., E-mail:; Fischman, Aaron M., E-mail:; Nowakowski, F. Scott, E-mail:; Kim, Edward, E-mail:; Patel, Rahul S., E-mail: [Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Division of Interventional Radiology (United States)


    The creation of a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a critical procedure for the treatment of recurrent variceal bleeding and refractory ascites in the setting of portal hypertension. Chronic portal vein thrombosis remains a relative contraindication to conventional TIPS and options are limited in this scenario. Presented is a novel technique for management of refractory ascites in a patient with hepatitis C cirrhosis and chronic portal and superior mesenteric vein thrombosis secondary to schistosomiasis and lupus anticoagulant utilizing fluoroscopically guided percutaneous mesocaval shunt creation.

  15. Current diagnosis and management of post-transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt refractory hepatic encephalopathy.

    Pereira, Keith; Carrion, Andres F; Martin, Paul; Vaheesan, Kirubahara; Salsamendi, Jason; Doshi, Mehul; Yrizarry, Jose M


    Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt has evolved into an important option for management of complications of portal hypertension. The use of polytetrafluoroethylene covered stents enhances shunt patency. Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) remains a significant problem after TIPS placement. The approach to management of patients with refractory hepatic encephalopathy typically requires collaboration between different specialties. Patient selection for TIPS requires careful evaluation of risk factors for HE. TIPS procedure-related technical factors like stent size, attention to portosystemic pressure gradient reduction and use of adjunctive variceal embolization maybe important. Conservative medical therapy in combination with endovascular therapies often results in resolution or substantial reduction of symptoms. Liver transplantation is, however, the ultimate treatment.

  16. Implementation of FFT Algorithm using DSP TMS320F28335 for Shunt Active Power Filter

    Patel, Pinkal Jashvantbhai; Patel, Rajesh M.; Patel, Vinod


    This work presents simulation, analysis and experimental verification of Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) algorithm for shunt active power filter based on three-level inverter. Different types of filters can be used for elimination of harmonics in the power system. In this work, FFT algorithm for reference current generation is discussed. FFT control algorithm is verified using PSIM simulation results with DLL block and C-code. Simulation results are compared with experimental results for FFT algorithm using DSP TMS320F28335 for shunt active power filter application.


    Patsiuk V.I


    Full Text Available The closed formulas for definition of the steady–state values of voltages, currents, active and reactive power in a line with the distributed and lumped constants are shown. The influence of the shunt reactors and reactive power sources in the form of capacitor banks on losses of idling with various wave lengths is investigated. For the half-wave transmissions line the optimal parameters (which allow increasing of the output during the natural-power transfer of the shunt reactors were obtained.

  18. Value of digital subtraction angiography for the evaluation of peripheral arteriovenous shunts in patients with haemodialysis

    Beil, D.; Bolsinger, G.; Deininger, H.K.


    Direct and indirect examination of arteriovenous shunts was performed in 50 patients undergoing haemodialysis. The various methods of puncture of the vessels, the indications and the limitations of DSA are considered. The advantages of direct puncture of the arteriovenous shunt are emphasised. Puncture of the venous branch is almost without risk and allows immediate diagnosis. Only in a very few cases it will be necessary to perform the risky puncture of the arterial branch or the time-consuming central venous injection of a bolus of the contrast medium.

  19. Implementation of FFT Algorithm using DSP TMS320F28335 for Shunt Active Power Filter

    Patel, Pinkal Jashvantbhai; Patel, Rajesh M.; Patel, Vinod


    This work presents simulation, analysis and experimental verification of Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) algorithm for shunt active power filter based on three-level inverter. Different types of filters can be used for elimination of harmonics in the power system. In this work, FFT algorithm for reference current generation is discussed. FFT control algorithm is verified using PSIM simulation results with DLL block and C-code. Simulation results are compared with experimental results for FFT algorithm using DSP TMS320F28335 for shunt active power filter application.

  20. Pancreaticoportal Fistula and Disseminated Fat Necrosis After Revision of a Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt

    Klein, Seth J., E-mail:; Saad, Nael [Washington University School of Medicine, Interventional Radiology Section, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (United States); Korenblat, Kevin [Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine (United States); Darcy, Michael D. [Washington University School of Medicine, Interventional Radiology Section, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (United States)


    A 59-year old man with alcohol related cirrhosis and portal hypertension was referred for transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) to treat his refractory ascites. Ten years later, two sequential TIPS revisions were performed for shunt stenosis and recurrent ascites. After these revisions, he returned with increased serum pancreatic enzyme levels and disseminated superficial fat necrosis; an iatrogenic pancreaticoportal vein fistula caused by disruption of the pancreatic duct was suspected. The bare area of the TIPS was subsequently lined with a covered stent-graft, and serum enzyme levels returned to baseline. In the interval follow-up period, the patient has clinically improved.

  1. Subarachnoid hemorrhage and intracereebral hematoma following lumboperitoneal shunt for pseudotumor cerebri : a rare complication.

    Suri A


    Full Text Available Placement of lumboperitoneal (LP shunt as a surgical treatment for benign intracranial hypertension (BIH is generally a safe procedure, with complications like mechanical failure, overdrainage and infections. Subarachnoid hemorrhage and intracerebral hematoma were seen after lumboperitoneal shunt in a patient having BIH. These complications were the cause of the patient′s deterioration. After removal of the hematoma and performing a decompressive procedure, patient′s neurological condition improved. The clinical features, investigations and clinical course are described and the literature reviewed.

  2. Centerline Longitudinal Shunt Slot Excitation by Elliptic shaped single Ridge Waveguide

    Mehdi Moradian


    Full Text Available The Application of elliptic shaped ridge waveguide is presented for excitation of a centreline longitudinal shunt slot antenna. The proposed method is realized by adding elliptic shaped to the ridge of the single ridge waveguide. The elliptic shaped ridge is placed exactly under the longitudinal slot and the slot placed along centreline of the waveguide. It is shown that for a typical slot, the slot normalized conductance can be increased by increasing the elliptic shaped depth. The simulation results show that the proposed structure can be considered as a proper candidate for replacing the conventional longitudinal shunt slot.

  3. Unusual cause for ventriculoperitoneal shunt failure: Carcinoma breast compressing distal catheter

    Roka Yam


    Full Text Available Insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt is one of the most common surgical procedures in any neurosurgery unit worldwide. Distal catheter obstruction outside the peritoneum is a rare cause of shunt failure. We report the first case of distal obstruction in a 70-year old female by carcinoma breast engulfing the catheter and causing kinking. Intraoperatively, the catheter was intratumoral with no flow of cerebrospinal fluid distally. She underwent relocation of a new catheter to the opposite side of the abdomen and modified mastectomy with resolution of the hydrocephalus. The postoperative course has been uneventful.

  4. Performance of organics and nitrogen removal in subsurface wastewater infiltration systems by intermittent aeration and shunt distributing wastewater.

    Pan, Jing; Yuan, Fang; Yu, Long; Huang, Linli; Fei, Hexin; Cheng, Fan; Zhang, Qi


    Organics and nitrogen removal in four subsurface wastewater infiltration systems (SWISs), named SWIS A (without intermittent aeration and shunt distributing wastewater), SWIS B (with intermittent aeration), SWIS C (with shunt distributing wastewater) and SWIS D (with intermittent aeration and shunt distributing wastewater) was investigated. High average removal rates of 92.3% for COD, 90.2% for NH4-N and 88.1% for TN were achieved simultaneously in SWIS D compared with SWIS A, B and C. The excellent TN removal of SWIS D was due to intermittent aeration provided sufficient oxygen for nitrification in upper matrix and the favorable anoxic or anaerobic environment for denitrification in subsequent matrix, and moreover, shunt distributing wastewater provided sufficient carbon source for denitrification process. The results indicated that intermittent artificial aeration combined with shunt distributing wastewater could achieve high organics and nitrogen removal in SWISs.

  5. Radiation Exposure in Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Creation

    Miraglia, Roberto, E-mail:; Maruzzelli, Luigi, E-mail:; Cortis, Kelvin, E-mail: [Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies (ISMETT), Radiology Service, Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services (Italy); D’Amico, Mario, E-mail: [University of Palermo, Department of Radiology (Italy); Floridia, Gaetano, E-mail:; Gallo, Giuseppe, E-mail:; Tafaro, Corrado, E-mail:; Luca, Angelo, E-mail: [Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies (ISMETT), Radiology Service, Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services (Italy)


    PurposeTransjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation is considered as being one of the most complex procedures in abdominal interventional radiology. Our aim was twofold: quantification of TIPS-related patient radiation exposure in our center and identification of factors leading to reduced radiation exposure.Materials and methodsThree hundred and forty seven consecutive patients underwent TIPS in our center between 2007 and 2014. Three main procedure categories were identified: Group I (n = 88)—fluoroscopic-guided portal vein targeting, procedure done in an image intensifier-based angiographic system (IIDS); Group II (n = 48)—ultrasound-guided portal vein puncture, procedure done in an IIDS; and Group III (n = 211)—ultrasound-guided portal vein puncture, procedure done in a flat panel detector-based system (FPDS). Radiation exposure (dose-area product [DAP], in Gy cm{sup 2} and fluoroscopy time [FT] in minutes) was retrospectively analyzed.ResultsDAP was significantly higher in Group I (mean ± SD 360 ± 298; median 287; 75th percentile 389 Gy cm{sup 2}) as compared to Group II (217 ± 130; 178; 276 Gy cm{sup 2}; p = 0.002) and Group III (129 ± 117; 70; 150 Gy cm{sup 2}p < 0.001). The difference in DAP between Groups II and III was also significant (p < 0.001). Group I had significantly longer FT (25.78 ± 13.52 min) as compared to Group II (20.45 ± 10.87 min; p = 0.02) and Group III (19.76 ± 13.34; p < 0.001). FT was not significantly different between Groups II and III (p = 0.73).ConclusionsReal-time ultrasound-guided targeting of the portal venous system during TIPS creation results in a significantly lower radiation exposure and reduced FT. Further reduction in radiation exposure can be achieved through the use of modern angiographic units with FPDS.

  6. Optimal Surgical Management Using a Classic Blalock-Taussig Shunt for an Infected Pseudoaneurysm After a Modified Blalock-Taussig Shunt Procedure.

    Okada, Noritaka; Murayama, Hiroomi; Hasegawa, Hiroki


    We present 2 cases of a 3-month-old girl and boy who were diagnosed with an infected pseudoaneurysm 2 months after undergoing left-sided modified Blalock-Taussig shunt (mBTS) operations for pulmonary atresia. Because the shunts in both cases were nearly obstructed, they underwent a 2-stage surgical approach: classic BTS operations through a right thoracotomy to establish sufficient pulmonary flow and infected graft removal through a median sternotomy after close observation of the state of the aneurysms. By utilizing autologous tissue from a different thoracic entry, both patients were successfully managed and recovered without any recurrence of infection. Copyright © 2016 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. 发电机纵联差动保护误动原因分析%Cause Analysis of the Malfunction of the Longitudinal Differential Protection of a Generator

    王安甫; 徐明


    通过分析一起发电机纵差保护误动的原因,对差动保护两侧电流互感器的特性、差动回路阻抗进行比较,并全面复核保护定值,以避免在区外故障时,差动回路中产生不平衡电流,发生保护误动作。%Based on the cause analysis of the malfunction of the longitudinal differential protection of a generator,this essay compares the featm's and the differential circuit impedances between the two current transformers of the dif ferential protection. Besides, it also rechecks the fixed value of the protection to avoid protection malfunctions caused by unbalanced current in the differential circuit beyond the relay protection zone.

  8. Acute pancreatitis

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  10. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Obstetric Patients

    S. V. Galushka


    Full Text Available Objective: to define the specific features of the course of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS in puer-peras with a complicated postpartum period. Subjects and methods. Sixty-seven puerperas with ARDS were examined. Group 1 included 27 puerperas with postpartum ARDS; Group 2 comprised 10 puerperas who had been treated in an intensive care and died; Group 3 consisted of nonobstetric patients with ARDS of various genesis (a control group. Results. In obstetric patients, the baseline oxygenation index was significantly lower than that in the control group. However, Group 1 patients showed a rapid increase in PaO2/FiO2 on days 3—4 of treatment. In the control group, the changes occurred later — on days 5—6. The baseline alveolar-arterial oxygen difference was significantly higher in the obstetric patients than that in the controls. In Group 1, AaDpO2 drastically decreased on days 3—4, which took place in parallel with an increase in the oxygenation index. At the beginning of the study, pulmonary shunting was high in the group of survivors, deceased, and controls. In Group 1, the shunting decreased on days 3—4 whereas in the control group this index normalized later — only by days 6—7. In Group 1, compliance remained lower throughout the observation, but on day 7 there was a significant difference in this index between the deceased, survivors, and controls. Conclusion. Thus, more severe baseline pulmonary gas exchange abnormalities are observed in obstetric patients than in general surgical and traumatological patients; the oxygenation index, alveolar-arterial oxygen difference, and pulmonary shunting index more rapidly change in patients with severe obstetric disease in its favorable course than in general surgical and traumatological patients; throughout the observation, thoracopulmonary compliance was less in obstetric patients than in the controls. Key words: acute respiratory distress syndrome, puerperium.

  11. Shunt and series resistance of photovoltaic module evaluated from the I-V curve; I-V tokusei kara hyokashita taiyo denchi no shunt teiko to chokuretsu teiko

    Asano, K.; Kawamura, H.; Yamanaka, S.; Kawamura, H.; Ono, H. [Meijo University, Nagoya (Japan)


    With an objective of discussing I-V characteristics when a shadow has appeared on part of a photovoltaic module, evaluations were given as a first stage of the study on saturation current, shunt resistance and series resistance for the solar cell module. As a result of measuring change in amount of power generated in a sunny day with a shadow appearing over the solar cell module, reduction in power generation capability of about 23% was verified. In other words, the I-V characteristics of the solar cell module change largely because of existence of the shadow caused on the module. The I-V characteristics curve may be expressed and calculated as a function of the shunt resistance and series resistance. By curve-fitting measurement data for a case of changing insolation without existence of partial shadow, values of the shunt resistance and series resistance were derived. As a result, it was found that the calculations agree well with measurements. It was made also clear that each parameter shows temperature dependence. 6 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  12. Co-Localization of GABA Shunt Enzymes for the Efficient Production of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid via GABA Shunt Pathway in Escherichia coli.

    Pham, Van Dung; Somasundaram, Sivachandiran; Park, Si Jae; Lee, Seung Hwan; Hong, Soon Ho


    Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a non-protein amino acid, which is an important inhibitor of neurotransmission in the human brain. GABA is also used as the precursor of biopolymer Nylon-4 production. In this study, the carbon flux from the tricarboxylic acid cycle was directed to the GABA shunt pathway for the production of GABA from glucose. The GABA shunt enzymes succinate-semialdehyde dehydrogenase (GabD) and GABA aminotransferase (GabT) were co-localized along with the GABA transporter (GadC) by using a synthetic scaffold complex. The co-localized enzyme scaffold complex produced 0.71 g/l of GABA from 10 g/l of glucose. Inactivation of competing metabolic pathways in mutant E. coli strains XBM1 and XBM6 increased GABA production 13% to reach 0.80 g/l GABA by the enzymes co-localized and expressed in the mutant strains. The recombinant E. coli system developed in this study demonstrated the possibility of the pathway of the GABA shunt as a novel GABA production pathway.

  13. Malfunctioning DNA damage response (DDR) leads to the degeneration of nigro-striatal pathway in mouse brain.

    Kirshner, Michal; Galron, Ronit; Frenkel, Dan; Mandelbaum, Gil; Shiloh, Yosef; Wang, Zhao-Qi; Barzilai, Ari


    Pronounced neuropathology is a feature of ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) and Nijmegen breakage syndrome (NBS), which are both genomic instability syndromes. The Nbs1 protein, which is defective in NBS, is a component of the Mre11/RAD50/NBS1 (MRN) complex. This complex plays a major role in the early phase of the cellular response to double strand breaks (DSBs) in the DNA. Among others, MRN is required for timely activation of the protein kinase ATM (A-T mutated), which is disrupted in patients with A-T. Earlier reports show that Atm-deficient mice exhibit severe degeneration of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-positive dopaminergic nigro-striatal neurons and their terminals in the striatum. This cell loss is accompanied by a large reduction in immunoreactivity for the dopamine transporter protein (DAT) in the striatum. To test whether Nbs1 inactivation also affects the integrity of the nigro-striatal pathway, we examined this pathway in a murine model with conditional inactivation of the Nbs1 gene in central nervous system (Nbs1-CNS-Δ). We report that this model has a reduction in TH-positive cells in the substantia nigra. This phenomenon was seen at very early age, while Atm-/- mice showed a progressive age-dependent reduction. Furthermore, we observed an age-dependent increase in the level of TH in the striatum of Atm-/- and Nbs1-CNS-Δ mice. In addition to the altered expression of TH, we also found a reduction of DAT in the striatum of both Atm-/- and Nbs1-CNS-Δ mice at 60 days of age. Finally, microglial recruitment and alterations in the levels of various neurotrophic factors were also observed. These results indicate that malfunctioning DNA damage response severely affects the integrity of the nigro-striatal pathway and suggest a new neurodegenerative pathway in Parkinsonian syndromes.

  14. Cerebrospinal fluid pulse pressure amplitude during lumbar infusion in idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus can predict response to shunting

    Brean Are


    Full Text Available Abstract Background We have previously seen that idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH patients having elevated intracranial pressure (ICP pulse amplitude consistently respond to shunt surgery. In this study we explored how the cerebrospinal fluid pressure (CSFP pulse amplitude determined during lumbar infusion testing, correlates with ICP pulse amplitude determined during over-night ICP monitoring and with response to shunt surgery. Our goal was to establish a more reliable screening procedure for selecting iNPH patients for shunt surgery using lumbar intrathecal infusion. Methods The study population consisted of all iNPH patients undergoing both diagnostic lumbar infusion testing and continuous over-night ICP monitoring during the period 2002-2007. The severity of iNPH was assessed using our NPH grading scale before surgery and 12 months after shunting. The CSFP pulse was characterized from the amplitude of single pressure waves. Results Totally 62 iNPH patients were included, 45 of them underwent shunt surgery, in whom 78% were shunt responders. Among the 45 shunted patients, resistance to CSF outflow (Rout was elevated (≥ 12 mmHg/ml/min in 44. The ICP pulse amplitude recorded over-night was elevated (i.e. mean ICP wave amplitude ≥ 4 mmHg in 68% of patients; 92% of these were shunt responders. In those with elevated overnight ICP pulse amplitude, we found also elevated CSFP pulse amplitude recorded during lumbar infusion testing, both during the opening phase following lumbar puncture and during a standardized period of lumbar infusion (15 ml Ringer over 10 min. The clinical response to shunting after 1 year strongly associated with the over-night ICP pulse amplitude, and also with the pulsatile CSFP during the period of lumbar infusion. Elevated CSFP pulse amplitude during lumbar infusion thus predicted shunt response with sensitivity of 88 and specificity of 60 (positive and negative predictive values of 89 and 60

  15. Cerebrospinal fluid markers before and after shunting in patients with secondary and idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus

    Tisell Magnus


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The aim of this study was to explore biochemical changes in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF induced by shunt surgery and the relationship between these changes and clinical improvement. Methods We measured clinical symptoms and analysed lumbar CSF for protein content, neurodegeneration and neurotransmission markers in patients with secondary (SNPH, n = 17 and idiopathic NPH (INPH, n = 18 before and 3 months after shunt surgery. Patients were divided into groups according to whether or not there was improvement in clinical symptoms after surgery. Results Preoperatively, the only pathological findings were elevated neurofilament protein (NFL, significantly more so in the SNPH patients than in the INPH patients, and elevated albumin content. Higher levels of NFL correlated with worse gait, balance, wakefulness and neuropsychological performance. Preoperatively, no differences were seen in any of the CSF biomarkers between patients that improved after surgery and those that did not improve. Postoperatively, a greater improvement in gait and balance performance correlated with a more pronounced reduction in NFL. Levels of albumin, albumin ratio, neuropeptide Y, vasoactive intestinal peptide and ganglioside GD3 increased significantly after shunting in both groups. In addition, Gamma amino butyric acid increased significantly in SNPH and tau in INPH. Conclusion We conclude that a number of biochemical changes occur after shunt surgery, but there are no marked differences between the SNPH and INPH patients. The results indicate that NFL may be a marker that can predict a surgically reversible state in NPH.

  16. Accurate phasor measurement for transmission line protection in the presence of shunt capacitor banks

    Nam, Soon-Ryul; Kang, Sang-Hee [Department of Electrical Engineering and Next-Generation Power Technology Center, Myongji University (Korea); Park, Jong-Keun [School of Electrical Engineering, Seoul National University (Korea)


    This paper proposes a phasor measurement algorithm for transmission systems compensated with shunt capacitor banks. Since the shunt capacitor banks tend to lower the resonant frequencies, the dominant component, which has the lowest resonant frequency, is insufficiently attenuated by a low-pass filter and has an adverse influence on the phasor measurement of the fundamental component in a fault current signal. This paper theoretically investigates the dominant frequency in the presence of shunt capacitor banks and presents a phasor measurement algorithm immune to the dominant component and DC-offset. The performance of the algorithm is evaluated for a-phase to ground (a-g) faults on a 154-kV transmission system compensated with shunt capacitor banks. The evaluation results indicate that the algorithm can measure the phasor reliably and satisfactorily, although the fault current signal is distorted with the dominant component and DC-offset. The paper concludes by describing the hardware implementation of the algorithm on a prototype unit based on a digital signal processor. (author)

  17. The living shunt: a tissue engineering approach in the treatment of hydrocephalus.

    Lee, I W; Vacanti, J P; Taylor, G A; Madsen, J R


    Tissue engineering is the use of cultured cells seeded into biodegradable polymers to create custom designed, living implantable devices. As a first approach to the use of this technique in the treatment of hydrocephalus, we have prepared chondrocyte-seeded polyglycolic acid (PGA) tubes coated with polylactic glycolic acid (PGLA), implanted initially with thin silastic stents removed four weeks after shunt insertion. The use of bovine xenograft cells in athymic (nude) rats resulted in more efficient seeding with chondrocytes, stiffer tube walls, and better patency. When implanted in 6-week-old rats made hydrocephalic by cisternal injection of kaolin at 4 weeks of age, six of eight 'living shunts' remained patent to radio-opaque contrast injection at two weeks after stent removal. At four weeks after stent removal, all four of the shunts had occluded at the ventricular end, three of the four apparently due to growth of the animal. We conclude that polymer type, cell type, and cell density will require considerable optimization, but a working tissue engineered shunt is feasible and may one day address some problems of interactions of living tissue and inert polymer.

  18. Analysis of postural sway in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus: effects of shunt implantation

    Czerwosz L


    Full Text Available Abstract Poor postural balance is one of the major risk factors for falling in normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH. Postural instability in the clinic is commonly assessed based upon force platform posturography. In this study we focused on the identification of changes in sway characteristics while standing quiet in patients with NPH before and after shunt implantation. Postural sway area and sway radius were analyzed in a group of 9 patients and 46 controls of both genders. Subject's spontaneous sway was recorded while standing quiet on a force platform for 30-60 s, with eyes open and then closed. Both analyzed sway descriptors identified between-group differences and also an effect of shunt implantation in the NPH group. Sway radius and sway area in patients exhibited very high values compared with those in the control group. Importantly, the effect of eyesight in patients was not observed before shunt implantation and reappeared after the surgical treatment. The study documents that static force platform posturography may be a reliable measure of postural control improvement due to shunt surgery.

  19. A novel technique to treat acquired Chiari I malformation after supratentorial shunting

    Potgieser, Adriaan R E; Hoving, Eelco W


    PURPOSE: The acquired Chiari I malformation with abnormal cranial vault thickening is a rare late complication of supratentorial shunting. It poses a difficult clinical problem, and there is debate about the optimal surgical strategy. Some authors advocate supratentorial skull enlarging procedures w

  20. The G6. A heavy-duty, six-wheeled shunting locomotive

    Hildebrandt, Tim [Vossloh Locomotives GmbH, Kiel (Germany). Development and Standardisation Group


    Nowadays, railway operating companies need robust, reliable and versatile locomotives. Vossloh has shown one way that future developments are likely to go with its 'G6' six-wheeled shunting locomotive, which features a central driver's cab. (orig.)