A novel method for passing cerebrospinal fluid shunt tubing: a proof of principle study

R. Shane Tubbs, Dylan Goodrich, Isaiah Tubbs, Marios Loukas, Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol

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Materials and methods: On 10 cadaver sides and when placed in the supine position, small skin incisions were made at the clavicle and ipsilateral subcostal region, and magnets were used to pass standard shunt tubing between the two incisions.

Introduction: Few innovations in the method of tunneling shunt tubing for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunt diversion have been made since this treatment of hydrocephalus was first developed. Therefore, this feasibility study was performed with the hope of identifying an improved technique that could potentially carry fewer complications.

Results: Nickel-plated magnets were less effective in pulling the shunt tubing below the skin compared with ceramic magnets. Of these, magnets with pull strengths of 150–200 lbs were the most effective in dragging the subcutaneous tubing between the two incisions. No obvious damage to the skin from the overlying magnet was seen in any specimen.

Conclusions: Few options exist for tunneling distal shunt tubing for CSF shunt procedures. Future patient studies are needed to determine if the technique described herein is superior to current methods, particularly when examining patient groups that are at a greater risk for injury during tunneling shunt catheters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2115-2117
Number of pages3
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Hydrocephalus
  • Neurosurgery
  • Shunt
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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