Shunt malfunction after roller coaster ride.

Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery

PubMedID: 19151981

Gegg C, Olavarria G, Pattisapu JV. Shunt malfunction after roller coaster ride. Childs Nerv Syst. 2009;25(4):509-10.
We report a case of shunt malfunction after a child was subjected to G forces during a roller coaster ride.

The temporal sequence of events suggests proximal catheter obstruction with subsequent symptoms of raised intracranial pressure immediately after experience with a G force ride. A shunt revision with catheter change led to resolution of symptoms, and findings were consistent with hemorrhage within the catheter.

This case illustrates the risks of such an experience on children with shunts and the implications for patient counseling.