Multiple recurrent gram-negative cerebrospinal fluid shunt infections associated with a patient with a retained ventricular foreign body

Delane Shingadia*, John Grant, Moshe Bendet, Stanford T. Shulman, Ram Yogev

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Abstract

A 3-year-old boy experienced 10 recurrent gram-negative ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS) infections with identical strains over a 17- month period. Multiple cranial MRI and CT scans to identify a retained foreign body were negative. CT myelography and pressure infusion radionuclide cisternography were also unhelpful. Ventriculoscopy revealed a small retained foreign body which was successfully removed, and cultures subsequently yielded gram-negative organisms identical to the previously identified bacteria by pulsed field gel electrophoresis. No further infections were noted after removal of the retained fragment. Exploratory ventriculostomy should be considered in patients with recurrent VPS infections where other techniques fail to reveal a cause.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-158
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric neurosurgery
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1999

Keywords

  • CSF shunt
  • Recurrent infection
  • Retained foreign body

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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