External Ventricular Drainage for Treatment of Acute Hydrocephalus After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

  • T. Brinker
  • H. G. Höllerhage
  • D. Fotopoulou
  • C. Götz
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Neurosurgery book series (NEURO, volume 21)


Acute hydrocephalus after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) parallels the clinical condition of the patient. It can be observed only in a minority of patients in good condition after SAH but in contrast in the majority of those in poor condition [8, 11]. Modem management protocols do not exclude the latter patients from active treatment [1, 2, 10]. In spite of its risks — a rate of infection up to 50% [3,7, 12] and an increased rate of rebleed [3, 9] — early ventricular drainage after SAH has been suggested to be useful in patients in poor condition [1,4] . The risks of ventricular drainage were investigated with special regard to those patients in whom it was done even before aneurysmal surgery.


Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Intracranial Aneurysm External Ventricular Drainage Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Ventricular Drainage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Brinker
    • 1
  • H. G. Höllerhage
    • 1
  • D. Fotopoulou
    • 1
  • C. Götz
    • 1
  1. 1.Neurochirurgische KlinikMedizinische Hochschule HannoverHannover 61Germany

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