Shunt infections

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Bacteria can attach itself to shunts and become infected. Read about the surgery your child needs, and the antibiotics that will help clear the infection.

Key points

  • If your child's shunt becomes infected, it can cause a number of problems.
  • Your child will need an operation to remove the infected shunt, followed by antibiotics to clear the infection from the CSF.
  • When the infection is gone, your child will have another operation to put in a new shunt.
  • If you see any signs that the shunt is not working properly or is infected, call 911 or emergency services right away. Your child needs medical attention.
Last updated: November 10th 2009