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OBJECT The goal of this prospective study was to compare outcome after placement of a low- or medium-pressure shunt in patients with normal-pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). METHODS Ninety-six patients with NPH were randomized to receive a low-pressure ventriculoperitoneal shunt (LPV; 40 +/- 10 mm H2O) or medium high-pressure ventriculoperitoneal shunt (MPV;(More)
OBJECT An important complication of external CSF drainage is bacterial meningitis or ventriculitis, resulting in increased morbidity, mortality, and health care costs. In 2003, a high rate (37%) of probable drain-related infections was identified at the authors' hospital. A multidisciplinary working group was installed to reduce this incidence to < 10%(More)
The authors examined whether measurement of resistance to outflow of cerebrospinal fluid (Rcsf) predicts outcome after shunting for patients with normal-pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). In four centers 101 patients (most of whom had idiopathic NPH) who fulfilled strict entry criteria underwent shunt placement irrespective of their level of Rcsf obtained by(More)
OBJECT This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of cerebrovascular disease and its risk factors among patients with normal-pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) and to assess the influence of these factors on the outcome of shunt placement. METHODS A cohort of 101 patients with NPH underwent shunt placement and was followed for 1 year. Gait disturbance(More)
This review evaluates the contribution of prenatal diagnosis to the understanding of intracranial cysts. We describe the outcome of 54 fetuses in which prenatal investigations indicated the presence of such lesions. The cysts were diagnosed between 20 and 30 weeks of gestation. Most (63%) were supratentorial and interhemispheric. There was only a single(More)
Five infants who developed unilateral hydrocephalus associated with antenatal or perinatal intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH) in the neonatal period or later in infancy are reported. Unilateral hydrocephalus occurred following discharge home in four of our five cases, two of whom had been treated during the neonatal period with either serial lumbar(More)
OBJECT The goal of this study was to evaluate the long-term results of a flow-regulating shunt (Orbis Sigma Valve [OSV] II Smart Valve System; Integra NeuroSciences, Sophia Antipolis, France) in the treatment of hydrocephalus, whether it was a first insertion procedure or surgical revision of another type of shunt, in everyday clinical practice in a(More)
The value of the measurements of CSF outflow resistance (Rcsf) relative to predicting outcome after shunting was studied. In a group of 101 patients with mainly idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) Rcsf was obtained by lumbar constant flow infusion. Gait disturbance and dementia were quantified using an NPH scale (NPHS) and disability by the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the neurodevelopmental outcome of preterm infants with a grade III or IV hemorrhage and to assess the effect of routine low-threshold therapy of post-hemorrhagic ventricular dilatation (PHVD) on neurodevelopmental outcome. STUDY DESIGN Of the 214 preterm infants (< or = 34 weeks gestational age), 94 (44%) had a grade III(More)
STUDY DESIGN A case of a child with a traumatic atlanto-occipital dislocation (AOD), with unexpected secondary redislocation in a halo vest is presented. An extensive literature review was performed. OBJECTIVES To show the difficulties in diagnosing AOD, to emphasize its intrinsic instability, and to make recommendations for treatment of this condition.(More)