Emergency Point-of-Care Ultrasound Identification of Pediatric Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Malfunctions

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2018 Jan;34(1):61-63. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001372.


Ventriculoperitoneal shunt malfunctions should be accurately and efficiently diagnosed. In this case series, we describe the use of point-of-care ultrasound to rapidly identify pediatric ventriculoperitoneal shunt tubing fracture, obstruction, and infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Equipment Failure
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydrocephalus / surgery
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Ultrasonography / methods*
  • Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt / adverse effects*