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Study of Shunt Flow Sensor Accuracy in Extra-ventricular Drains.

2014-07-23 21:09:28 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The study hypothesis is that an ultrasonic flow sensor can accurately measure flow in hydrocephalic shunts.

The ultrasonic sensor will measure cerebrospinal fluid drainage in hydrocephalus patients with external ventriculostomies and extra-ventricular drainage systems. The sensor measurements will be compared with the volume of fluid collected by the drainage bag.

After a 24-hour measurement period, the doctor will change the drainage bag position to simulate the patient sitting up and leaning back, to see if this temporarily stops flow through the drainage line.

This data will show whether the sensor accurately measures typical drainage flows seen in hydrocephalus patients. This research will help develop an implantable flow monitor for pediatric hydrocephalus patients.

Study Design

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional

Conditions

Hydrocephalus

Location

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse
New York
United States
13210

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Transonic Systems Inc.

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:09:28-0400

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Excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the cranium which may be associated with dilation of cerebral ventricles, INTRACRANIAL HYPERTENSION; HEADACHE; lethargy; URINARY INCONTINENCE; and ATAXIA (and in infants macrocephaly). This condition may be caused by obstruction of cerebrospinal fluid pathways due to neurologic abnormalities, INTRACRANIAL HEMORRHAGES; CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM INFECTIONS; BRAIN NEOPLASMS; CRANIOCEREBRAL TRAUMA; and other conditions. Impaired resorption of cerebrospinal fluid from the arachnoid villi results in a communicating form of hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus ex-vacuo refers to ventricular dilation that occurs as a result of brain substance loss from CEREBRAL INFARCTION and other conditions.

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