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Acta Neurochir (Wien). 1996;138(2):179-84.

Management of subarachnoid fluid collection in infants based on a long-term follow-up study.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Nishimura Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.


We report the natural history and management of subarachnoid fluid collections in infants and their management based on a longterm follow-up study in 20 cases. These subarachnoid fluid collections were resolved spontaneously in 17 of 20 patients and only 3 by surgical intervention at the age of 2. In our 20 patients the natural history of subarachnoid fluid collection in infants was benign unless the patients sustained head trauma. Surgical treatment was performed in the cases where a subarachnoid fluid collection developed into a subdural haematoma. Head trauma may precipitate subdural haematoma in patients with subarachnoid fluid collection. All patients except one who underwent the placement of subdural-peritoneal shunt, attained normal psychomotor development in time. During the follow-up period of 3 to 10 years after resolution of the fluid collection, no patient has had a recurrence once it resolved.

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