Knotted bowel: Small-bowel obstruction from coiled peritoneal shunt catheters: Report of two cases

A. Sanan, S. J. Haines, S. L. Nyberg, A. S. Leonard

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Knotting of a peritoneal catheter around a loop of bowel is a rare occurrence, which may lead to bowel obstruction. The incomplete removal of two ventriculoperitoneal shunts resulted in two cases of iatrogenically knotted peritoneal catheters. One patient underwent a laparotomy for relief of obstruction and the other was successfully treated by uncoiling the catheter by means of a wire passed into its lumen. A plan for management of a knotted peritoneal catheter is outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1062-1064
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995



  • shunt complication
  • small-bowel obstruction
  • ventriculoperitoneal shunt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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