The value of routine cultures of the cerebrospinal fluid in patients with external ventricular drains.

@article{Hader2000TheVO,
  title={The value of routine cultures of the cerebrospinal fluid in patients with external ventricular drains.},
  author={Walter J. Hader and Paul Steinbok},
  journal={Neurosurgery},
  year={2000},
  volume={46 5},
  pages={
          1149-53; discussion 1153-5
        }
}
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine whether routine cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) bacteriological cultures in patients with external ventricular drains (EVDs) can identify infections early and prevent complications related to bacterial ventriculitis. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the microbiological reports and clinical data for all patients in whom an EVD was placed at a tertiary care pediatric neurosurgical center between 1984 and 1997. EVDs were inserted in the operating… CONTINUE READING
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