Introduction: In patients with ventriculo-peritoneal shunts, laparoscopic procedures were previously contraindicated for the potential risks of elevating intra-cranial pressure resulting from increased intra-abdominal pressure and shunt malfunction/infection. Presentation of case: Here we present a case of a patient with ventriculo-peritoneal shunt who successfully and uneventfully underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis without any shunt manipulation or intra-cranial pressure monitoring. Discussion: Several methods have been suggested to decrease the risks of increased intra-cranial pressure during laparoscopic cholecystectomy in patients with ventriculo-peritoneal shunts, but have not been routinely used. Conclusion: Standard technique laparoscopic cholecystectomy can be safely used to manage patients with VP shunts presenting with acute gall bladder disease. © 2011 Surgical Associates Ltd. Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Damrah, O., Naik, P., Fusai, G., & Sharma, D. (2011). Is laparoscopic cholecystectomy safe for acute cholecystitis in the presence of ventriculo-peritoneal shunt? International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, 2(6), 157–158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijscr.2011.04.003