cerebrospinal fluid diversion

Pronunciation: (seh-REE-broh-SPY-nul FLOO-id dih-VER-zhun)

A process used to drain fluid that has built up around the brain and spinal cord. A shunt (a long, thin tube) is placed in a ventricle of the brain and threaded under the skin to another part of the body, usually the abdomen. The shunt carries excess fluid away from the brain so it may be absorbed elsewhere in the body.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) diversion. Extra CSF is removed from a ventricle in the brain through a shunt (tube) and is emptied into the abdomen. A valve controls the flow of CSF.

Date last modified: 2011-03-30