Risk factors for shunt dependency in patients suffering from spontaneous, non-aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage
Patients presenting with spontaneous, non-aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) achieve better outcomes compared to patients with aneurysmal SAH. Nevertheless, some patients develop shunt-dependent hydrocephalus during treatment course. We therefore analyzed our neurovascular database to identify factors determining shunt dependency after non-aneurysmal SAH. From 2006 to 2016, 131 patients suffering from spontaneous, non-aneurysmal SAH were admitted to our department. Patients were stratified according to the distribution of cisternal blood into patients with perimesencephalic SAH (pSAH) versus non-perimesencephalic SAH (npSAH). Outcome was assessed according to the modified Rankin Scale (mRS) at 6 months and stratified into favorable (mRS 0–2) versus unfavorable (mRS 3–6). A multivariate analysis was performed to identify predictors of shunt dependency in patients suffering from non-aneurysmal SAH. Overall, 18 of 131 patients suffering from non-aneurysmal SAH developed shunt dependency (14%). In detail, patients with npSAH developed significantly more often shunt dependency during treatment course, when compared to patients with pSAH (p = 0.02). Furthermore, patients with acute hydrocephalus, presence of intraventricular hemorrhage, presence of clinical vasospasm, and anticoagulation medication prior SAH developed significantly more often shunt dependency, when compared to patients without (p < 0.0001). However, “acute hydrocephalus” was the only significant and independent predictor for shunt dependency in all patients with non-aneurysmal SAH in the multivariate analysis (p < 0.0001). The present study identified acute hydrocephalus with the necessity of CSF diversion as significant and independent risk factor for the development of shunt dependency during treatment course in patients suffering from non-aneurysmal SAH.
KeywordsNon-aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage Shunt dependency Perimesencephalic
Compliance with ethical standards
The present study was approved by the local ethics committee.
Informed consent was not sought as a retrospective study design was used.
Conflict of interest
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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