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J Neurosurg. 1977 Dec;47(6):961-4.

Mixed bacterial meningitis: a complication of ventriculo- and lumboperitoneal shunts.

Abstract

Infectious complications of ventriculo- and lumboperitoneal shunts in two patients are presented. Cerebrospinal fluid infection due to aerobic and anaerobic enteric flora was characteristic of each case. Both infections occurred several months after shunt surgery and were associated with colonic perforation by the distal limb of the peritoneal catheter. These cases emphasize this unusual hazard of peritoneal shunts and demonstrate methods for diagnosis and effective therapy.

PMID:
925753
DOI:
10.3171/jns.1977.47.6.0961
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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