Posthemorrhagic Hydrocephalus of Prematurity

  • Frederick A. Boop


While improvements in the resuscitation and management of the premature neonate have led to increased survival among very-low-birth-weight infants, brain damage related to intraventricular hemorrhage of prematurity (IVHP) continues to account for significant health care expenditure in the United States. It has been estimated that in 1992 dollars, $7.4 billion was spent in caring for survivors of low birth weight within the United States. Although advances in neonatal care have markedly reduced the mortality of 24- to 28-week-gestation infants, a parallel reduction in the neurodevelopmental morbidity associated with survival has not been recognized [11].


Preterm Infant Intraventricular Hemorrhage External Ventricular Drainage Periventricular White Matter Periventricular Leukomalacia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick A. Boop
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery/Pediatric NeurosurgerySemmes-Murphey ClinicMemphisUSA

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