Meningitis and Hydrocephalus

  • R. W. Oberbauer
  • H. Grubbauer
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Neurosurgery book series (NEURO, volume 9)


Association of meningitis and hydrocephalus almost necessarily results in a neurosurgical intervention. Primary meningitis and/or ventriculitis may cause hydrocephalus requiring drainage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Infections of hydrocephalus already treated by CSF drainage are considered a severe complication and, generally, require surgical revision. In the literature the occurrence of shunt infections varies from 6 to almost 40% and averages 1520% (3, 5, 7, 12, 17, 22).


External Ventricular Drainage Shunt Infection Shunt System Brospinal Fluid Systemic Antibiotic Therapy 
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