Detecting shunt failure in hydrocephalus without imaging or surgery: ShuntCheck | Vector

This device chills CSF fluid within the shunt by placing an ice cube over the tubing externally and then checking for temperature changes downstream to detect blockages [1] . What a great application of simple principles for a complex and frequent problem in pediatric EDs!

  1. It’s slightly more complex than that, so check out the full articles and the links within it. Promising technology nonetheless.  ↩