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Ventriculitis is a serious complication when using external ventricular drains (EVDs). Bactericidal silver coating has been reported to reduce the risk of infection. In the clinical setting, the diagnosis is often made based on symptoms and analyses of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), with treatment initiated before infection is culture verified. Therefore, the bactericidal effect might not correlate with a reduced rate of clinically diagnosed infections. The present retrospective study was initiated to analyze if silver-coated EVDs is associated with a reduced rate of ventriculitis.
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Name: World neurosurgery
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