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June 1972

A Urological Complication of Lumbar Subarachnoid Shunt: Ureteral Obstruction by Extrinsic Compression

Author Affiliations

Albuquerque, NM
From the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Sullivan is now with the University of California, Davis.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;123(6):597-598. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110120121018

Lumbar subarachnoid-peritoneal shunts are used occasionally in the treatment of communicating hydrocephalus. A 5-year-old girl with meningomyelocele and communicating hydrocephalus developed unilateral ureteral obstruction secondary to extrinsic compression by a nonfunctioning shunt of this type. Progressive hydronephrosis was reversed by excision of the shunt and ureterolysis.

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