Rapidly Rising Incidence of Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunting Procedures for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension in the United States, 1988–2002

  title={Rapidly Rising Incidence of Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunting Procedures for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension in the United States, 1988–2002},
  author={William T. Curry and William E Butler and Fred G. II Barker},
OBJECTIVE:Obesity, a major risk factor for idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), is rapidly increasing in all ages of the United States population. We studied trends in the incidence of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunts for IIH in the United States between 1988 and 2002, using a national hospital discharge database. METHODS:This was a retrospective study using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample and robust weighted least-squares regression, adjusted for stratified survey methodology. RESULTS… 

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