Ventriculoatrial shunt distal catheter placement using transesophageal echocardiography: Technical note

Kevin M. McGrail, Donald A. Muzzi, Thomas J. Losasso, Fredric B. Meyer

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Abstract

Accurate placement of the distal end of a ventriculoatrial shunt at the cavo-atrial junction is important for long-term shunt function as well as for avoiding cardiac arrythmias, thrombus formation, and damage to myocardial tissue. Standard methods of intraoperative localization, including chest x-ray, pressure measurements, and electrocardiogram recording, can be inaccurate. By using intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography, the distal end of the catheter can be localized to the cavo-atrial junction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)747-749
Number of pages3
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1992

Keywords

  • CSF shunt
  • Echocardiography
  • Hydrocephalus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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