Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Bacterial Ventriculitis

  • Courtney MurphyEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9025


Intraventricular infection; Intraventricular inflammation; Ventriculomeningitis


Bacterial ventriculitis refers to inflammation of the cerebral ventricles, typically resulting from intraventricular infection or bacterial infection of cerebral spinal fluid.

Current Knowledge

Bacterial ventriculitis is a potential life-threatening condition that can result from the rupture of a cerebral abscess, an infection of an external ventriculostomy catheter, an infection of cerebral spinal fluid, and other infectious CNS conditions. Bacterial infection produces an immune response in the lining of the ventricles, resulting in inflammation.

Presenting symptoms can be headaches, dizziness, confusion, photophobia, and neck and upper back pain and nausea and vomiting in children. In infancy, it can cause unrecognized hydrocephalus. Ventriculitis must be confirmed by examination of the cerebrospinal fluid.


References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Belmont Behavioral HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA