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[Liquor-draining shunt and abdominal surgery]

VERTSE Gergely1, TAKÁCS Tamás2, SZELECZKY Márton3, LESTÁR Béla2, IMREH Domonkos1

NOVEMBER 30, 2021

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2021;31(11)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33616/lam.31.040

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[Authors present three abdominal surgical cases of patients who underwent previous ventriculo- or lumboperitoneal shunt implantation. A laparoscopic and open cholecystectomy and a right hemicolectomy were performed. The recovery of all patients was uneventful. Abdominal surgery is safe in patients with persisting ventriculo- or lumboperitoneal shunt.]

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  1. Szent Margit Kórház, Sebészeti Osztály
  2. Magyar Honvédség Egészségügyi Központ, II. Sz. Sebészeti Osztály, Budapest
  3. Károlyi Sándor Kórház, Budapest

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