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Eventing with a Shunt

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  • Eventing with a Shunt

    I'm wondering if anyone else here has hydrocephalus, and if so do you have a shunt. Especially a VP Shunt (vs a VA since the VP shunt catheter in run down the neck from the brain into the abdomen to drain into the peritoneal cavity).

    Am I alone?

    I was diagnosed with hydrocephalus this past February. The cause is an Arachnoid Cyst I've likely had most of my life, at least since puberty (I'm now mid 30s). My body balanced it and managed the hydrocephalus fine until a concussion and mild brain injury in a car accident a year ago. It led to 2 brain surgeries, and I am now the proud owner of a VP Shunt, and will have to have one for the rest of my life (they only last about 10 years on average, although many last much longer).

    Ive been told I can ride, but I can't get an answer from my neurosurgeon about Eventing. I don't know if I will have to put it aside forever.

    So im wondering if anyone else here has Hydro and a VP and rides/competes in Eventing with it.

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    Might want to also cross post in the Riders with Health Issues forum.
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    • #3
      Is Lola Blackwell on here anymore? I can't rememer her COTH name but she is a neurosurgeon and former eventer and could probably answer your question in general terms. Anyone able to tag her?

      blackwly ?
      Last edited by clivers; Sep. 18, 2018, 01:18 PM.


      • #4
        While I am not sure if anyone here is eventing with a VP shunt, I am not sure it would present with anymore of an issue than some . If your pressures are normal and you can fit a helmet easily, go for it. I am assuming you are not on blood thinners which always makes me nervous but many do it anyway. FYI, your neurosurgeon is never going to say "Oh sure go run and jump!"
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