Variation in the management of post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus

In a survey of pediatric neurosurgical units and pediatric surgery units in Germany, surgeons were asked about their management of preterm infants with post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus. Many of the units treated less than ten such infants each year. There was wide variation in the use of reservoirs for drainage, and in the criteria for placement of ventriculoperitoneal shunts. The percentage of babies who required CSF shunt placement after initial treatment of post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus varied from 5 – 95%.

Mauer et al. A survey on current practice in the neurosurgical management of post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus.