Breast-related CSF shunt complications: Literature review with illustrative case

Rudolph J. Schrot, Christine Ramos-Boudreau, James E Boggan

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In this article, we discuss and classify breast-related ventriculoperitoneal (VP) cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunt complications, and provide a literature review. Shunt complications related to pre-existing breast implants comprise nearly half of the breast-related shunt complications reported thus far. We present a complication of shunt failure in a 61-year-old woman who had previously undergone mastectomies for breast cancer with implant reconstruction. Following shunting, she developed headaches, fever, and right-sided breast swelling and erythma consequent to breast implant rupture, distal shunt migration, and CSF pseudocyst. This case is unique in that it involved rupture of a breast implant from VP shunt insertion. For complication avoidance, neurosurgeons should be aware of the potential pitfalls in shunting patients with breast implants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-483
Number of pages5
JournalBreast Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • breast
  • hydrocephalus
  • implant
  • pseudocyst
  • VP shunt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Surgery


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