Neurodevelopmental status following V-P shunt operation for hydrocephalus in children

Posted by Jafrul Hannan on Sat, Feb 20, 2010  
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Background: Hydrocephalus in children with or without spina bifida is not uncommon in our practice. Most of the cases are dealt with by the neurosurgeons. We also deal few such patients in our hospital and follow them up.

Materials & Methods: Between February 2004 and September 2005 10 children were operated for hydrocephalus in Chttagram Maa-Shishu O General Hospital. Three patients did not come for follow up after one or two visits and thus excluded. Age, sex,associated problems, pre and post operative neroassesment of the remaining 7 patients were done.

Results: Age ranged from 7 days to 9 months at the time of operatin and M:F ratio was 3:4. Three cases were of isolated hydrocephalus and 4 had associated spina bifida. Significant improvement in sensory and cognitive function was observed following V-P shunt.

Conclusions: V-P shunt procedure aids in nerulogical development in children with hydrocephalus.

Key words: V-P shunt, hydrocephalus, nerodevelopment in children


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