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[Comment] Comparing antibiotic, silver, and standard ventriculoperitoneal shunts

20:46 EDT 12 Sep 2019 | The Lancet

Hydrocephalus, a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid within the ventricles of the brain, is the most common paediatric neurosurgical diagnosis, and is among the most common conditions in all age groups treated by neurosurgeons.1 Surgical treatment is usually either a mechanical diversion with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt or creation of an internal drainage pathway (third ventriculostomy). Shunts have been used for more than six decades to treat hydrocephalus, meaning that the advantages and risks of the procedure are well known.

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