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My wife had a shunt operation in 2001 due to an aneurysm.

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My wife had a shunt operation in 2001 due to an aneurysm. She has had no problems with it until now. She is having pain or head aches along the tube of the shunt and at the site on her head . This pain or headaches are intermittent and are not continueous. Please let me know what could be the problem. Thank you.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 months ago.

This is Dr. David

she could be having some new temporary blockages of CSF fluid flow in her shunt

or possibly a viral infection causing headaches and pain.

she should see a neurosurgeon as soon as she can and get her symptoms evaluated.

she may need a new brain MRI scan to check for hydrocephalus or new aneurysms.

without a new MRI scan, it is only guessing at what is going on inside of her brain.

is she willing to see a doctor or neurosurgeon for a new MRI scan?

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