Medtronic Ventricular Catheter Recall: May Detach After Shunt Implanted

Medtronic Neurologic Technologies and the FDA announced a Class I recall on March 27, 2009, for Snap Shunt Ventricular Catheters distributed between April 2004 and December 2008, as the snap base assembly may detach after surgical implantation of the shunt. This could cause potentially serious injury and expose the patient to a risky emergency surgery to correct the problem.

The Medtronic ventricular catheter recall applies to all versions and all lot numbers of the “Innervision Snap Shunt Ventriular Catheter, BioGlide” and “Snap Shunt Ventricular Catheter, BioGlide”, with catalog numbers 27782, 27708 and 27802.

Ventricular catheters are part of a shunt system that is implanted surgically for the redirection of excess cerebrospinal fluid from the lateral ventricles of the brain to a different part of the body, such as the abdomen. Shunts are used to treat hydrocephalus, a condition where excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain.

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Medical providers have been urged to stop using the Medtronic catheter. The action was classified as a “Class I” recall, which is the most serious type of recall, involving situations where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious injury or death.

Medtronic sent notice to their customers of the Snap Shunt Ventricular Catheter recall on February 13, 2009, and requested that they inform surgeons about the recall and to return all unused devices to the company.


  • LisaAugust 4, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    I had major issues with Medtronic Strata NSC Brain Shunt. Setting changes, etc. Is there law suits against Medtronic? My shunt was recalled.

  • VeritaMay 1, 2020 at 5:38 am

    I would like the latest information about this lawsuit shunt recall. Is it an ongoing lawsuit or is there a statutory of limitation? Is there a time limit on it?

  • MandiJanuary 10, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Please help me if you have any information on a good attorney because I had this shunt and had a catastrophic ma!function

  • lisaAugust 18, 2016 at 1:48 am

    My son passed in 04..he had a shunt as a premium in2000.any information on recalls please email

  • KayleeFebruary 18, 2013 at 12:15 am

    i would love to hear your story, im dealing with this right now with my daughter in the PICU. please email me and we can chat..

  • JessicaDecember 29, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Cynthia, My son died as a direct result of his shunt malfunctioning. i am in the process of creating a case regarding this. If you want to talk about it just let me know.

  • CynthiaDecember 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Is there an ongoing class action lawsuit inregards to recalled ventrcular shunts that I can join?

  • CynthiaNovember 30, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I am concerned about recalled venticular shunts because my son went blind after his lastest shunt revision of 10-1-2009. He has also had other serious health problems such as not being able to control high blood pressure. I have always felt that the malfunctioning of the shunt may be the cause of his health problems.

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