Invasion of a peritoneal catheter into the inferior vena cava: report of a unique case

Surg Neurol. 1996 Jul;46(1):21-2. doi: 10.1016/0090-3019(96)00052-3.


A case is reported in which the peritoneal catheter of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt was found to have eroded into the inferior vena cava. It was working well, draining CSF, even through oriented against the flow of blood.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Injuries
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Foreign-Body Migration / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Vena Cava, Inferior / physiopathology*
  • Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt / adverse effects*