Ventriculolymphatic shunt

J Neurosurg. 1977 Jul;47(1):86-95. doi: 10.3171/jns.1977.47.1.0086.


The authors report the cases of 16 adult patients who underwent ventriculolymphatic shunt procedures with apparent good results. The follow-up period is from 2 to 12 years. The anatomy of the terminal portion of the thoracic duct studied in 51 patients undergoing sympathectomy of the lower cervical-upper thoracic ganglionic chain is reported. The operative technique of the ventriculothoracic duct shunting procedure is described, and a general review of the function of the shunt as compared with that of ventriculoatrial shunts is presented.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts / instrumentation
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts / methods*
  • Heart Diseases / etiology
  • Hematoma, Subdural / etiology
  • Humans
  • Hydrocephalus / surgery
  • Infections / etiology
  • Lung Diseases / etiology
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Thoracic Duct / anatomy & histology
  • Thoracic Duct / surgery