PMID: 9795961Oct 31, 1998Paper

E. coli meningitis as an indicator of intestinal perforation by V-P shunt tube

Neurosurgical Review
A W Ibrahim

Abstract

Shunting systems widely used for the treatment of hydrocephalus have been connected with certain risks and potential complications which stem from implanting a non-biological material into the human body. Several complications have been reported to arise from the insertion of ventriculo-peritoneal shunts. This short report highlights the observation that when anaerobic meningitis together with gram negative E. Coli in the CSF of a V-P shunted patient is found, bowel perforation should be assumed. Four cases developed such a complication among 643 hydrocephalic patients of various etiology over a period of ten years.

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