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Ventriculoperitoneal shunt induced neck mass mimicking sternocleidomastoid tumour: a previously unreported complication
  1. Mahendra Kumar Jangid1,
  2. Reyaz Ahmad1,
  3. Garima Goel2 and
  4. Sujeet Pandre1
  1. 1Department of Paediatric Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Science, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
  2. 2Department of Pathology, All India Institute of Medical Science, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Reyaz Ahmad; reyaz.pediasurg{at}


Ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS) for hydrocephalus is associated with various complications. Torticollis due to shunt tract fibrosis is a rare complication of VPS that occurs years later after the initial operation. However, shunt track fibrosis that progressed to large neck mass, mimicking sternocleidomastoid tumour and causing torticollis is a previously unreported complication. This led to the restriction of neck movement and hemifacial hypoplasia. Complete excision of the mass restored neck movement.

  • paediatric surgery
  • neurosurgery
  • head and neck surgery

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  • Contributors MKJ: drafting the article or reporting, acquisition of the data and clinical work. RA: conception and design of the article, planning and final correction. GG: pathological diagnosis and histopathology image. SP: collection and maintenance of the data, clinical work and care of the patient.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.