Conversion of external ventricular drains to ventriculoperitoneal shunts after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: effects of site and protein/red blood cell counts on shunt infection and malfunction.

@article{Rammos2008ConversionOE,
  title={Conversion of external ventricular drains to ventriculoperitoneal shunts after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: effects of site and protein/red blood cell counts on shunt infection and malfunction.},
  author={S K Rammos and Jeffrey D. Klopfenstein and Lori Augspurger and Huan Wang and Anne Wagenbach and Jennifer Poston and Giuseppe Lanzino},
  journal={Journal of neurosurgery},
  year={2008},
  volume={109 6},
  pages={1001-4}
}
OBJECT The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of shunt infection in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) after converting an external ventricular drain (EVD) to a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt using the existing EVD site. The second purpose was to assess the risk of shunt malfunction after converting the EVD to a permanent shunt irrespective of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) protein and red blood cell (RBC) counts. METHODS Data obtained in 80 consecutive adult… CONTINUE READING