Development of Pulmonary Hypertension After Ventriculoatrial Shunt Implantation
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Selçuk University, Meram Medical Faculty Department Of Cardiology, Konya, Turkey
Publication date: 2011-10-11
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Alpay Arıbaş   

Konya Üniversitesi Meram Tıp fakültesi Kardiyoloji AD. Konya, Türkiye
Eur J Gen Med 2011;8(4):345-347
Pulmonary hypertension is known as one of most serious complication of ventriculoatrial shunts. There is a long latency period between ventriculoatrial shunt implantation and development of pulmonary hypertension. Because of this latency and relative rarity of pulmonary hypertension in the general population, clinicians may misdiagnosis these patients. A young male patient was referred to our clinic with suspect of an atrial septal defect from an outside hospital. He had a ventriculoatrial shunt because of hydrocephalus. We tought the clinical diagnosis as pulmonary hypertension due to ventriculoatrial shunt according to the his clinical history, ECG and echocardiography findings. The pulmonary perfusion scintigraphy findings supported the diagnosis. His shunt was replaced to the ventriculoperitoneal shunt by Brain Surgery Clinic.
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