CSF shunt complications: an analysis of contributory factors

Childs Nerv Syst. 1985;1(2):77-80. doi: 10.1007/BF00706686.


The complications arising from 195 shunting procedures are described and correlated with patient and operative variables. Neither the patient's age, sex, type of hydrocephalus, length of surgery, nor the use of prophylactic antibiotics correlated significantly with subsequent shunt complications. However, the surgeon performing the procedure and the type of shunt used were highly significant correlates.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Heart Atria
  • Humans
  • Hydrocephalus / surgery*
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Peritoneum
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology*
  • Premedication
  • Reoperation
  • Sex Factors


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents