Adult idiopathic communicating hydrocephalus with and without shunting

C. P. Hughes, B. A. Siegel, W. S. Coxe, M. H. Gado, R. L. Grubb, R. E. Coleman, L. Berg

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The outcome in 37 adult patients with idiopathic communicating hydrocephalus treated by ventriculoatrial shunting is presented. Only 33%/0 showed definite improvement, and no diagnostic procedures accurately predicted the outcome of surgery. These were compared with a ''control'' groupof 12 patients who were not shunted; 50% of these were stable for up to 36 months. These findings, and the high frequency of serious complications (35%), suggest caution in recommending a shunt procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961-971
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1978


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