Hydrocephalus is the abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. The incidence at birth is estimated to be 1 per 1,000 live births. Historically, the most common procedure to treat hydrocephalus is the placement of a CSF shunt. Complications of CSF shunts may include shunt malfunction and/or shunt infection. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of shunt malfunction or shunt infection can lead to long-term neurologic deficits or even death.
These clinical practice guidelines were developed with the goal of standardization of work-up for ventricular shunt malfunctions and infections based on current evidence-based practices The clinical practice guidelines focus on providing high-quality, cost-effective, safe care by streamlining initial work-up and standardizing imaging recommendations.
Ventricular shunt malfunction or infection guidelines team
- E. Haley Vance, DNP, CPNP-AC – Pediatric Neurosurgery
- Holly Hanson, M.D. – Pediatric Emergency Medicine
- Cody Penrod, M.D. – Pediatric Emergency Medicine (former PEM fellow)
- Barron Frazier, M.D. – Pediatrics (incoming PEM Fellow)
- Truc Le, M.D. – Pediatric Critical Care
- Sumit Pruthi, M.D. – Pediatric Radiology
- Cristina Estrada, M.D. – Pediatric Emergency Medicine
- Christopher Bonfield, M.D. – Pediatric Neurosurgery
- Robert Naftel, M.D. – Pediatric Neurosurgery
- Jay Wellons, M.D. – Pediatric Neurosurgery