Child's Nervous System

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 204–206 | Cite as

Intratumoral abscess: an unusual complication of ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection

  • A. Shankar
  • G. Chacko
  • A. G. ChackoEmail author
Case Report



Ventriculoperitoneal shunts were routinely used in the past in children with posterior fossa tumors and hydrocephalus. They can, however, cause a multitude of problems.

Case report

This report highlights a previously unencountered phenomenon of a pyogenic abscess forming within a posterior fossa ependymoma as a result of shunt infection. The shunt was exteriorized and the child treated with antibiotics before surgery was done. Only a partial excision of the tumor was possible, as the inflammatory response caused by the abscess had obliterated tissue planes.


Ventriculoperitoneal shunt Complication Posterior fossa tumor Abscess 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurological SciencesChristian Medical College and HospitalVelloreIndia

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