Ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection risk factors

Risk factors for shunt infection include preterm infants, younger age of the patient at shunt placement, hydrocephalus as a consequence of IVH or meningitis 1) 2) 3)

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Kulkarni AV, Drake JM, Lamberti-Pasculli M. Cerebrospinal fluid shunt infection: a prospective study of risk factors. J Neurosurg. 2001;94:195–201.
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