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Vomitting and severe vertigo. History of VP shunt surgery. Suggested spondylitis. Advice

my mother had a VP shunt surgery about 2 months back. Post surgery she has had 2 or 3 instances of vommitting and severe vertigo---head spinning and droziness. We spoke to our neurologist who states that this is not related to the VP shunt surgery ---but could have to do with Spondalitis. wanted to reconfirm if this is a common concurrence that could be caused due to shunt malfunction ?
Asked On : Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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Hi Rajiv,

What were the symptoms which necessitated VP shunt insertion? Shunt dysfunction can present with headaches and vomiting progressing onto drowsiness and unconsciousness. Vertigo is uncommon with shunt malfunction. However, shunt over drainage (low pressure syndrome) mimics the symptoms you report and drinking plenty of fluids usually help. If symptoms persist, review with the neurosurgeon will be advisable.

Hope this helps.
Answered: Tue, 30 Apr 2013
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